Johannesburg – It seems the lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus has “revealed a very sad fault line in our society – inequality” said President Cyril Ramaphosa in his weekly newsletter. The president also criticized the hoarding and selling of food parcels, describing it as “disgusting”.
The president announced on the 23rd of March that the lockdown would begin from the 27th of March to the 16th of April, a date that was subsequently extended to 30 April.
Concerns about the provision of food parcels to impoverished communities escalated last week and led to protests and looting.
“There can be no greater anguish than that of a parent whose children cry out to them for food, but they have none to give,” the president wrote in his weekly newsletter.
“There can be no greater injustice than a society where some live in comfort and plenty, while others struggle at the margins to survive with little or nothing at all.”