- Singer Simphiwe Dana wants government to regard street vendors as essential services providers
- She wants government to allow them to continue selling their products amid the 21-day lockdown
- She also wants government to provide the vendors with free face masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus
Simphiwe Dana is not just a songstress and a prettyface.
She also uses her voice to stand up for the rights of the less fortunate.
The Ndiredi hitmaker has challenged government to regard street vendors as essential service providers during the country's 21-day lockdown.
Simphiwe took to social media to express her views on the lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The aim of the lockdown is to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
"I do agree that if shops are open and seen as an essential service, street vendors must be regarded as the same. Beyond that we all need to be more responsible with our utterances during this very difficult time. I like how India is tackling the issue of street vendors."
Simphiwe's views are inspired by the way India handles the issue of street vendors.
"I would advocate for free masks to be distributed. But this is India."
She also wants banks and other financial institutions and service providers to "put a freeze on all bills".
"I also urge our government to speak to banks and other financial institutions and service providers to put a freeze on all bills. We will have a hard enough time affording food very soon. Other countries have. Frankly, we don’t know how long the lockdown will have to last."
Briefly.co.za has reported that Simphiwe used social media to apologise for a recent rant she went on about local TV show Mnakwethu.
The singer was deeply upset about show and vented about it to her fans.
In her rant, Simphiwe got a little personal and threw insults at Musa Mseleku, the show's host and known polygamist.
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