With President Ramaphosa’s Monday evening’s announcement of the move to lockdown the country in the rise of ever escalating number of Covid-19 cases, here is what people had to say about the decision.

SEKHUKHUNE – Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a Coronavirus related total lockdown in the country from Thursday 26 March 2020, the paper took to the streets of Groblersdal to hear our readers’ views on the decision.

President Ramaphosa announced the total lockdown on Monday evening after a lengthy meeting with the Command Council at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

 This against the ever rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country, which stood at 402 on Monday evening as the President made the total lockdown announcement.

Here is what the readers had to say: Pinky Thutlwa from Siyabuswa outside Marble Hall said she was scared on how the lockdown would affect her job which pays her only income but added that she understood the decision behind it because of the seriousness of Coronavirus.

Granny Tolo from Leeuwfontein Township outside Marble Hall said: “The decision to lockdown the country will save our lives and those of our children. The Presidents was on the right note. We will be safer against the spread of Coronavirus in our homes. We must heed the call by the President and abide by all he said.

Vivian Ramphisa from Moteti Village outside Marble Hall said the decision to lockdown by the President was a step in the right direction against the spread of Coronavirus.

“That is one of the ways the virus’ outbreak can be controlled. The country’s business will take serious knock but lives will be saved,” said Ramphisa.

Ahtisham Faiz, a Groblersdal businessman, said the decision to lockdown the country was a great move in the fight against Covid-19.

“The community was not taking the existence of the virus seriously and following the lockdown, they will heed the messages. Businesses will adversely be affected but there is nothing we can do given the current situation. The lock down will save a lot of lives.” said Fiaz.

Nunuza Tlaka from Tafelkop outside Groblersdal said: “I support the move by the President to lockdown. We can’t have people being infected in this current rate. Something needed to be down. We don’t have a choice.”

Thapelo Motseo

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