There’s never really a dearth of thrill or excitement when it concerns one of the most enterprising nations here on the face of the earth, not just in all of Africa. But then, this is also (and it mustn’t be forgotten) a time of travesty and utter tumult, so much so that it’s halted the very pace of growth and stagnated development anywhere one casts an eye. Surely then, even the bustling and usually up and running South Africa had to face some consternation, at the end of the day.
One of the first countries and among the very few to track down those infected with the current virus using mobile data and cellular network and services, akin to Israel, there are some key challenges confronting the period of lockdown in South Africa.
So what does the current period surrounding lockdown in South Africa have for its people? What is the current mess and the country’s fair share of problems?
News from the ground level seems to suggest a simple concern, one that can be addressed and must be. For, to put it succinctly, police brutality is most unfair during times like these where there’s so much problem and the masses are already facing the heat.
With economic problems and a slew of governmental problems having already derailed much of the stability that the country so needs and can be dearly helped through, there’s also a flourishing problem that’s gripped the general South African society.
Honestly, you’d think of this not only as national but also as someone with a keen eye on one of the most industrious and prosperous African nations that one of the things during the lockdown in South Africa that can be avoided is the gender-based violence.
What if you were told a rather telling statistic that only recently did as many as 148 people get arrested basis no fewer than 2,300 reports of gender-based violence having engulfed all of South Africa?
Johannesburg, Cape Town, and parts of Pretoria- all are reeling with multiple concerns, all of which have man-made problems causing much of the grief and rift.
But nothing tells us about the sheer frustration and nearly venomous instances of brutality taking place in the very country which is Philadelphia’s equivalent of “brotherly love” than learning about cases where liquor shops are being openly burgled, man fighting his fellow beings and resorting to vitriol and squalor.
But that said, let’s move ahead.
If anyone wanted to know the peak concern that currently finds the lockdown in South Africa unusually challenging to deal with, then visiting the following piece of news from the heart of the Rainbow nation makes it succinct and easy:
Crime is down overall and police are pursuing all reports of violations, said police minister Bheki Cele. He said four police officers had been arrested for allegedly selling liquor illegally.
The Gauteng Liquor Forum, representing more than 6,000 liquor traders, said they are suffering enormous financial losses and proposed being permitted to operate for reduced hours.
There are several herds of homeless people who line up everyday in search of food and ration, the key necessity, needless to state. So how are they being fed?
One has to thank the private donors in this lockdown in South Africa, who have emerged as the real heroes, tending to the aching felt by long everyday queues one finds in even developed portions of the country.
But at the same time, one must take out time to acknowledge the spirit of executing what is clearly, as research suggests, one of the stringent carrying out of lockdowns anywhere in the world- forget liquor or cigarettes, but no one can even hop out for a second to even take a jog!
The current government’s policies suggest that it’s a bit of a mistake to think of the ensuing chaos as a ‘life versus livelihood challenge!’