The lockdown of South Africa for 21 days from March 26 to April 21 announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to combat Covid-19 has not gone down well with many South Africans, especially the poor.
Many of the less privileged in South Africa say they were never consulted nor considered before the decision to lock down the nation was made.
Dickson Mabane, a bricklayer from Diepsloot says: “The government make the decision to lock down the nation because it will not affect them. They have the means to sort themselves during this tough period. How must I work and feed”?
One of our writers, Vinolia Ndou called in yesterday to confirm if she must come to work and if taxis are going to be operating during the lockdown.
Many people also want more clarification on what can be done and what cannot be done during the lockdown.
Another matter that South Africans are not happy about is that some businesses are allowed to operate and others are not. Supermarkets and filling stations are allowed to operate because they are essential services but many other businesses are not allowed.
Desmond Fills from Westbury says: “”How did they select essential services. It is only food and petrol that are essential services in South Africa. So we must spend our money for food and petrol, then how do we make more money. It was also clear in the announcement that the poor people are not considered. The President only spoke about economic support for small businesses. What of the people who have very, very small business and those with no businesses?”
Perhaps, the government many needs to reconsider what is categorised as essential service.