- South Africans have expressed their disgust at cops using large hoses to spray water at the sick, elderly, and disable in SASSA queues
- According to reports, the cops were making use of the water to force those in the long lines to comply with social distancing guidelines
- While many had earlier raised concern about the neglected Covid-19 safety measures at the pay points, they are not impressed with the way the cops enforced it
Various clips of SA police officers making use of large water hoses to spray water at those unwilling to comply with social distancing at SASSA pay points have been circulating online.
In the clips, the elderly, sick, and disabled all get showered with water has police officers attempt to get them to comply with social distancing measures that were at first completely not adhered to at the SASSA pay points.
In the background of one of the various clips, one disgruntled man can be heard shouting angrily at the giant hose wielding police officers, "There are people with chronic illness standing in these lines."
Meanwhile, locals have had this to say about the clip:
"“These people” are queuing up for social grants. The most vulnerable are being bullied by the police. Your view stinks!"
"So they have no money forced to stand in line and NOW they are wet! This will make them sick! Shame on the SAPs. What are you doing to the ppl of this country? They don’t deserve this!"
"Our own black government using the police in antagonizing the very same community they meant to protect. The current government is as much of an enemy as the apartheid government was. Too bad we still shell-shocked 2 comes to terms with that."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that since Tuesday thousands of South Africans have been queuing outside SASSA pay points as they await their grants from the SA government.
In numerous clips shared online, locals can be seen standing in long lines void of any social distancing measures. In the clips, people in wheelchairs, elderly South Africans, and even sickly people can be seen waiting to receive their payments.
South Africans have been left infuriated by the scenes at the various payout points, many of them taking to social media to express their discontent with the government.
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Source: Briefly News