Briefly.co.za reached out to South Africans in an attempt to establish the impact of the nationwide lockdown in our townships. Some of the feedback was quite eye-opening.
South Africans have had to show resilience and discipline to work within the parameters of the nationwide lockdown.
Many have already experienced financial hardships, while others have been suffering from cabin fever.
One thing that cannot be argued is that the impact differs from person to person and from one community to the next.
Arguably, the hardest hit have been those living in townships, where confinement in a shack leaves very little breathing space.
Briefly.co.za conducted a survey via Facebook to establish how lives have been affected in South Africa's townships.
According to some, nothing has changed, as residents go about their daily business with little regard for the new regulations.
However, others shared some tragic and heartbreaking accounts.
Bug-z Zama painted a gloomy picture:
"I live in woodlands just opposite...informal settlements were built by mainly foreign nationals...eish they are struggling... literally 300 people standing by the shopping complex and mall asking, begging for food with babies on their backs ....fathers and the mothers."
Ofentse E Masinga shared the breadwinner's perspective:
"The only challenge is hunger, we have literally ran low on everything even a mere R3 rajah spice, we have no idea how we gonna reach the 6th may next month, what's worse is that me as a man and dad am expected to be a provider and not being able to do that, is really killing me bit by bit inside."
Mte Dyamu bemoaned the tiny spaces:
"Just staying indoors is killing me bcoz of us stay 4 or 6 in one shack. So looking at each other all day everyday, believe me that sucks."
Felix Banda said,
"There is no lockdown in townships thus the biggest problem. An essential worker goes to work comes with coronavirus and be in a mkhukhu thereby infecting others. Lockdown works for public figures only in suburb."
Kemantsane Ntsane added,
"The unavailability of food in the township supermarkets, exorbitant prices, long Q's. My GOD! It's hard to b black."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that a mass evacuation of townships across South Africa might become a reality in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
This would involve the relocation of tens of thousands of people across four provinces in South Africa. The aim would be to reduce the population density in crowded areas such as the townships.
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