- President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier announced that the nationwide lockdown would be extended for a further two weeks
- Ramaphosa touched on the necessity and some of the interventions that will take place
- Briefly.co.za surveyed the reactions of the South African public
President Cyril Ramaphosa surprised many by doing an urgent address on Thursday evening.
The president first validated the decision to impost the current 21-day lockdown and the benefits it has had.
However, Ramaphosa proceeded to confirm that it will be extended by a further two weeks in a desperate bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.
In his address, Ramaphosa explained that it was not a decision that was taken lightly and that measures will be put in place to limit the economic damage.
Briefly.co.za reported on the news earlier and gauged the public reaction to the news.
It may come as no surprise that the decision had a polarising effect. While some praised the president for the "necessary" intervention, others felt the poor would not be able to absorb the blow.
Dandee Suzan Matshumu said,
"If it's effective then why not? Our lives are important, but not more than walking around free and spreading the virus.. Let's respect that and stay at home."
Rose Ndlovu expressed her concerns:
"My prayers go out to those who are self employed, those who rely on odd jobs just to make ends meet this extension will definitely affect more lives than we can ever imagine and in the worst possible way......may God be with you all."
Mandy Kunene Mvelase added,
"What about us our businesses' how are we going to survive I'm taking about those who own hair salons, sell cooked food, those who sell fruits and veggies on the streets how are we going to support our families with no income bathong we are slowly running out of food how do we buy groceries without money."
Tinei Shonhiwa said,
"He is going to extend bit by bit till we reach 6 months."
Lucky Novukuza Ka Somahashi responded,
"He said nothing about bottle storeThis man is cruel Jesus Christ."
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