Coronavirus: Video shows Durban beachgoers running from police

Coronavirus: Video shows Durban beachgoers running from police

- Beachgoers at a Durban beach were filmed fleeing from the police after breaking lockdown regulations

- The video was shared on social media and gathered over 150 000 views

- While some slammed the behaviour, many agreed South Africans are fed up with a lockdown that does not appear to be working

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South Africa has been in lockdown for five months now as the country tries to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

While our swift response to the pandemic was hailed by the world, it appears SA is slipping in its control of Covid-19.

At first, South Africans adhered to the strict measures implemented in lockdown Level 5. However, after months of restrictions and a rapid rise in cases, it appears citizens are fed up with playing it safe.

Over the weekend, a video was shared on social media showing beachgoers running away from the police after breaking lockdown regulations. The Durban beach was flooded with locals, most of whom appeared to be in groups. When law enforcement authorities arrived, the crowd scattered.

The clip was initially posted by whats_on_durban but then shared on Twitter by social media user @thusthus12.

Coronavirus: Video shows Durban beachgoers running from police
Screenshots of the video showing people running from law enforcement authorities at a beach in Durban. Photo: @thusthus12.
Source: Twitter

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A resident in the surrounding area, Sibusisiwe Lwandle, told that people had been visiting beaches even before the relaxed lockdown Level 3 was announced.

"People have been going to the beach since Level 4," she said, adding: "The only place where the mask rule is strictly imposed is when you go into shops, malls and entrances to residential estates. But otherwise, no one is really bothered about it here. You’d almost forget there’s a pandemic."

Take a look at the video below:

The clip gathered over 157 000 views and it left social media users with opposing views. Some slammed the beachgoers for violating the lockdown while others said South Africans can't deal with the restrictions any more.

Natasha, who goes by the Twitter handle @dramadelinquent, commented:

"People are tired of the stupid rules of the lockdown."

Another tweep, @Smithiejane007, added:

"What must happen must happen, I’m tired. I was retrenched from Montecasino, I’m back home, I have no hope, so I’m happy to see some people just happy and live a little while others are looting."

Daniel Malan, @DanielMalan17, wrote:

"SA has more murders than Covid deaths. Can't hide forever."

Social media user, @TNomngcoyiya, said:

"It was almost the same crowds in East London beaches today, I guess our people are really sick of coronavirus now and lockdown, all they want is to live their normal lives even if they do that with the virus in their midst. Big up Durbanites." previously reported Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that SA has surpassed 500 000 Covid-19 infections in the pandemic. In a statement issued by his department on Sunday evening, the minister noted that:

"As of today, a cumulative total of 511 485 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 8 195 new cases identified."

Turning his attention to the number of fatalities recorded during the pandemic, Mkhize commented:

"Regrettably we report 213 new Covid-19 related deaths: 25 from Eastern Cape, 40 from Gauteng, 31 from KwaZulu-Natal, 43 from Western Cape, 51 from the Free State and 23 from Limpopo. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 8 366."

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