Coronavirus is costing our freedom

The Freedom Day on the 27 April 2020 is supposed to be an official public holiday, but not this year. The country is going through a strains adjustment on the lifestyle they have never experience before. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) came as a great shock to everyone and people’s lives had to change overnight.

The coronavirus crisis that has enveloped the world has brought about calls for society and economy-wide action on the part of governments that has been matched by the imposing of radical shutdowns and compulsory mass quarantining as tens of millions of people are told to not to go to work and to stay at home instead.

The national lockdown saw the total shutdown on some of the retail stores, the schools, the churches, workstations and other government institutions had a huge impact to all the people of South Africa.

Despite the Law enforcement agencies arresting people for non-compliance with COVID-19 National State of Disaster regulations, at Kwaggafontein in KwaNdebele it was like business as usual to most people who had to stand on long queues to buy things they cannot live without them.

Here are some lockdown reviews:

“This lockdown is affecting my profit margin because people are afraid to come out of their houses to buy our products. Although there are few people on the streets, they cannot afford since there is no income”, said a street vendor Johanna Bakhona (53) at Miliva.

“We depend on one person’s wages. Yes, he is not performing essential services but it brings something to the table,” said Nelisiwe Mahlangu (25), Moteti.

“As a student, we need libraries and educational interactions with other students as well as lecturers. Studying at home is not a walk in a park. How do we study when we have no sources of information and limited to no communication?” asked student Dikeledi Mahlangu (27), Thembalethu.

“Lockdown is personally affecting me as a provider of essential services who is away from home, its keeping me away from my family since I cannot go home whenever I want. Also the fact that local trading prices have recently increased and makes it difficult for me to keep up with everything” said Bongani Masombuka (27).

The introduction of national lockdown in response to COVID-19 is not anybody’s fault but in exchange for our lives back, we need to comply with the government and World Health Organisation’s regulations.

#Adhere to Lockdown rules.

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