In recent times, cities and nations in Africa have been taking measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus that has been ravaging the entire world in the last few months. Some of the measures taken by nations include imposing of strict curfews and lockdown.

News reaching us is that South Africa would be having a three-week (starting midnight of March 26 to April 16, 2020) total lock-down which is to be enforced by the soldiers of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), their job being to maintain public order during the lockdown.

This is unprecedented in the history of South Africa, as about 57 million people will have to remain at home for the stipulated period. Hours before the lockdown commenced, thousands of residents in Johannesburg could be seen stocking up supplies that will last them for the period, while others could be seen at bus terminals trying to ‘escape’ to the countryside in order to be with families during the lockdown.

This is indeed a trying period in the history of the world.


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