- Ahead of the 21-day lockdown, many South Africans are planning on moving away from the big cities to temporarily live in the homelands
- One social media user sparked a fiery debate when he deemed this to be a selfish act
- Tweeps clapped back and explained that some people have no choice, but to move back to their friends and family back home
South Africans have been making furious plans this week following President Ramaphosa's announcement of the 21-day lockdown.
Some are panic buying, some are already self isolating and others have made travelling plans.
Many are expected to migrate across provinces before the lockdown commences on Thursday evening.
The reality is that many South Africans live between the big cities and the homelands.
During holidays, the routine is to travel back home to visit family and friends.
According to one social media user, the act of visiting family ahead of the lockdown is a selfish one.
Twitter user DumiGwebuEdits (@dumigwebu) shared the following tweet on Monday:
"Leaving Gauteng for the homelands is the most cruelest thing you can do to your family, your community. You selfish jerk. Have you seen their hospitals?"
Briefly.co.za noted that the tweet had a polarising effect and started trending.
Misslet’s (@lettyMntungwa) was caught in two minds:
"It’s selfish but what about those students who are told to vacate their residences and go home? What if they do not have relatives in Gauteng? Where are they suppose to sleep? On the streets? It’s wrong to go back home but we need to think about other people here."
Nhlanhla Nhlapo (@Fresh_yea) said,
"No everyone deserves to make their choice while they still can(its risky either way)stop acting like everyone in Gauteng has the virus and they're doomed. Allow people to make their own choice and will to survive."
Neo Makgota (@dineyoo) added,
"Selfish people are still travelling, I have seen people leaving my complex with huge bags."
In related news, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that popular news anchor Leanne Manas was slammed via social media.
Manas shared a tweet stating that three local doctors had tested positive for the coronavirus.
However, she failed to add that they were infected while travelling abroad.
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