Sun. May 31st, 2020

Day one of South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown in photos

Many of us have wondered what a lockdown would look like if we ever reached that point. Welcome to day one of our new normal.

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It is day one of lockdown in South Africa — a day we didn’t think we would reach but nevertheless, it’s here and we have to make do, the best we can. 

Ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Monday evening, South Africans anticipated a nationwide lockdown. Sometime later, he brought what we saw as a possibility, to fruition.  

All South Africans are expected to remain indoors and in their homes for the next 21 days — something out a science-fiction novel for sure. 

Here’s what our day one of lockdown looks like. 

Lockdown: South Africa becomes a ghost country 

While there have been a few South Africans defying the lockdown laws, the majority of citizens have abided by Ramaphosa’s call to stay off the streets unless absolutely necessary — that means getting food or medical attention. 

On Friday 27 March, most of the streets in the country are eerily quiet, birds can be heard chirping along with the odd sound of a car’s engine here and there. 

Other than that, there is peace on the outside of our windows — the type of peace we never saw coming.  

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Bara Taxi Rank, Johannesburg. Image via Twitter @GeoffMakhubo
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Bara Taxi Rank, Johannesburg. Image via Twitter @GeoffMakhubo
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Watch: South Africa in lockdown 

SAPS and SANDF make their rounds 

Since the deployment of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), it looks as though there is a war. 

The streets, although quiet, are filled with police offices and military personnel to make sure citizens abide by the lockdown laws. 

On day one of the lockdown, they have unfortunately been needed, as quite a few arrests were made. 

The Provincial Traffic Police revealed that 17 motorists in the Western Cape alone, were arrested on Friday morning for going against the lockdown rules. 

Taxi drivers in Gauteng also got caught up with police after they tried to transport passengers outside of the allocated time slots enforced by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. Taxi drivers have also been trying to cram passengers into their minibuses — 50% more than what is allowed. 

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