Coronavirus: Mashaba launches campaign to protect vulnerable citizens

Coronavirus: Mashaba launches campaign to protect vulnerable citizens

- Herman Mashaba says that he cannot sit by and do nothing as the threat of the coronavirus looms

- The politician took to the streets to hand out hand sanitiser at a time when shops have been emptied of this critical supply

- The People's Dialogue leader called on citizens to help fund efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19

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Herman Mashaba did his bit to help stop the spread of the coronavirus on Thursday by handing out free hand sanitiser to commuters.

The People's Dialogue leader launched his #StopTheSpread campaign in an effort to distribute the essential product to citizens.

Commenting on his initiative to crowdfund large quantities of the products, Mashaba called South Africans to action:

"The spread of the coronavirus in South Africa is one of the greatest threats we have faced in our young democracy. Unless we act now to stop it, the potential social and economic impact will be disastrous."

While Mashaba noted the action undertaken by the government, he says he was determined to do more:

"Over the last week I have felt helpless as the number of COVID-19 cases increases steadily. Despite the strong action taken by government, I cannot help but feel as though there is more we can all do. I refuse to simply do nothing, any longer!"

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With the help of donations, the campaign intends to arm poor citizens with the means to defend themselves against the coronavirus:

"The People’s Dialogue has, as of today, set-up a fund that will be used for the production and distribution of hand sanitizer to high density and vulnerable communities across South Africa."

Mashaba explained that the country's priority should be to protect vulnerable communities from the virus:

"Our priority as a nation must be to limit the spread of COVID-19 to the general population, particularly vulnerable communities where social distancing or self-isolation are near impossible." reported that following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement of a national disaster, numerous citizens had engaged in panic buying, something Mashaba says has prevented poorer communities from accessing vital commodities:

"Fear and panic across South Africa has resulted in over-shopping and hoarding of vital products required to stop the spread of the virus. The shortage of these products, and their increasing price, means that the vast majority of South Africans are unable to keep themselves and their families safe from the coronavirus. We have a plan to get these vital products to those who need them the most."

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