Durban – DA MP Phumzile Van Damme has expressed difficulty at the shortage of precautionary measures taken to combat the unfold of Covid-19 for the duration of the meting out of social offers.
The meting out of the monthly social offers entered its second day on Tuesday and there have been prolonged queues at ATMs, Post Office branches, and supermarkets.
Images of snaking queues have been doing the rounds on social media as human beings stood in near proximity to every different as they awaited their flip to accumulate the authorities supplied social presents.
Given the stern social distancing measures that have been put in location by using the government to prevent the spread of the virus in the united states of America, Van Damme took to her Twitter account to lament that recipients of the furniture have now not been knowledgeable sufficient about the essential want for social distancing.
“Day 2 of social furnish series. Approximately 17 MILLION South Africans gather social offers monthly. These are the poorest & most willing people of our u.S. Of us. The general lack of assignment for them at some stage in the #COVID19 outbreak has been deeply disappointing.
“People are extra worried approximately taking walks their dogs, being “bored” & other frivolities than the 17 million people who not most effective are at best hazard of contracting #COVID19 and maybe the hardest hit,” wrote Van Damme.
Sharing a image posted on Twitter via video journalist Graeme Raubenheimer, which shows people status in a long queue, Van Damme said: “Look at this. Have these human beings been taught about social distancing? #COVID19 precautions? Unlikely. Why are not authorities officials at the ground teaching and help?”
She introduced that the fact that plenty of them had been queuing without social distancing, get admission to hand-washing facilities, and masks for the elderly and unwell ought to be headline news.
“It is a CRISIS. Many stay in informal settlements that are unwell and disabled. The unfold of #COVID19 might be like a wildfire,” Van Damme said.
She hit out at those criticizing social grants recipients for not training Covid-19 precautions, saying that a few human beings were lecturing them from their ivory towers approximately no longer following #COVID19 precautions.
“Have you considered that during contrast to you collectively together with your information to be on social media, they do now not have to get right of entry to data?”
“There are lots incorrect with SA, but not caring about the most inclined in society is the worst. Take a second to be empathetic. I am so privileged. I can manage to pay for hospital treatment, in a personal hospital too. Consider your private privilege. Then keep in mind those who do not have what you do,” Van Damme stated.
In another tweet Van Damme additionally took a swipe at politicians who she felt had used the Covid-19 disaster to grandstand and benefit prominence alternatively of actually traumatic approximately us of the united states terrible human beings, who is probably hit the toughest.
“I recognize why human beings hate politicians. For a few #COVID19 is seen as an opportunity to posture, benefit prominence, be on TV & newspapers in preference to authentically fighting for the unvoiced, the poorest and maximum susceptible. Will those sorts of humans ever trade? One lives in want.”