- A South African teacher is being forced into quarantine despite testing negative for the virus
- She believes that South Africans are being treated unfairly
- Her friends from other parts of the world have not been forced into quarantine
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A South African teacher who lives in the Guangdong province in China. She is living in fear for her family and herself.
She works as a primary school teacher and her husband is a middle school teacher. Her identity is known to News24. She recently returned to China to resume her duties.
However, when she arrived in the province she and her husband were quarantined for two weeks, cameras were installed to monitor them and make sure they did not leave.
She was tested for the virus on 25th of March and the result was negative, her quarantine period ended on the 30th of March.
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However, the 40-year-old teacher noticed that behaviour towards foreigners had changed. She received a call from her school telling her to pack her bags and go to the police station. She was told that she would be placed in quarantine in a hotel.
She realised that only people from Africa were in the hotel.
“[There was] a guy from Morocco, a lady who’s got dual citizenship with Namibia and South Africa, another lady was from the Eastern Cape.
She was curious as to where the other people were being quarantined.
“Even to this day, there has been no official letter and explanation as to why we had to go in. We packed because they also said if we refuse to come, the police would come to our house and arrest us and take us there,” She said.
“We went into the hotel and got tested again for the virus, and two days ago we got tested again. So we have been tested three times now for the virus. Every time the results are negative and they told us yesterday that we could leave. We are at home right now in self-isolation.”
Chinese Consul General to South Africa Tang Zhongdong has rubbished claims that Africans were being treated unfairly in China.
However, the teacher is adamant that they were being discriminated against.
“You will see mothers literally taking their kids out of the way, people not wanting to get into the lifts and some foreigners who go to gym, they are told they need to show their papers showing they quarantined,” she said.
“We have colleagues and friends from US who have not even been quarantined. They [are] only isolated. They were never tested. My colleague from England never tested and when we ask why this is happening, we are told it’s because of the many black people in Guanzhong who have got the virus. It’s shocking how racist people are. The stuff they say.”
“It’s just the unfairness and blatant discrimination. Just because we’re from Africa, we have to go through this over and over again, but nothing is happening to the people from UK and USA.”
She was worried about her single friends who were not as fortunate as her, she at least had her husband.
“My friends are single and are in seclusion. It’s hard for them because it’s not like in SA where there are gardens for them. We live in apartment buildings. We are on 18th and 20th floors and that in itself makes us anxious.”
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