Sun, Jun 20, 2021

Inequality during lockdown

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By Anonymous

The past days when Ramaphosa was talking about the carefew, ristrictions and other adjustments of the lockdown since South Africa has reached the 1 million mark of cases.
To be honest the law it’s not fair as there are those who can who have more than 50 people at the funeral of a well known person regardless of the ristrictions that were spoken or tabled by Ramaphosa before Xmas of 2020.

We must accept that there is inequality in South Africa be it facing the pandemic or not as people who attended the burial are having after tears which Ramaphosa said it is forbidden and the number of people who attended the burial was over 50 the question is, it because the person is well known or what and if it was someone who is not well known what could have happened for there were no law enforcement monitoring south Africa has a high level of inequality regardless of the pandemic

Break failure causes accident

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by Rapule Moiloa

On Monday 14 December 2020, around 8am a quantum taxi white in colour failed to stop at a stop sign in Meadowlands not far from Meadow point. Three girls who were on their way to school they got knocked by the same taxi and because of fear then the driver of the quantum ran thinking that community members who were around would do something to him but he came back and apologized and the three girls were taken to the hospital. He did not plan for any of these to happen the taxi failed the breaks.

Robbery at south gate mall

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by Rapule Moiloa

When the country was on level 5 the robbing of stores,and all kinds of crimes were less apart from GBV. Yesterday before midday at Southgate Mall next to Naturena an attempted robbery by armed men took place at one of the stores and gun shots were fired and everyone ran away in order to try and find safety for themselves from getting hurt or shot later after few minutes the police and the security company’s arrived at south gate mall and the armed men fled the scene.As lockdown is eased alot is starting to happen and because we are now approaching December that’s when many people will be robbed of their belongings.

Being black is not a sin

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by By Mmabore Mogashoa

My heart is broken
My heart is bleeding
Killed for being black
It’s just a natural color
Something you won’t wash away
Something that does not lose its quality

Only the creator knew why he made others black and others white
One artist even said “Different colors, one people”
Meaning we are all created equally
And equal in the eyes of the creator

Being black is not a sin
Being black doesn’t mean I have no rights

Being black does not mean I am a slave

Being black does not mean I lack intelligence
I am black, that is my nature
I have rights
I am proud of who I am
Racism in 2020?
That is heart breaking
Do you think the world doesn’t belong to blacks too?
Will you survive without us? Well no!
You need to learn to live with us
Respect us
We are humans like you
Does anyone feel threatened by others being black?
George Floyd deserved to live
Why kill him?
Why didn’t they help?

Being black is not a sin
And being black is not a disgrace
It is a gift from the creator

COVID-19 – Its everyone’s responsibility to contain the spread

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By Mmabore Mogashoa

On the 12th of May 2020, I went to Jane Furse in Sekhukhune in South Africa. When I entered one of the shops they checked body temperature, sanitized people’s hands and only those with masks were allowed in. This shows how businesses are ensuring the health and safety of customers and employees. What worries me the most is people who move around the streets without masks. From GaMogashoa to Jane Furse you meet people with no masks and some sitting and enjoying drinks. People should know that it is our responsibility to safeguard our health and it is no time to take COVID-19 for granted. When I got home, I also found children playing and what suprised me is that they used tissues and plastic to make masks while playing. Nevertheless, if children can play and talk about COVID-19, why do adults find it difficult to wear masks.

Tembisa residents defy beer regulations

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by Rapule Moiloa in Vusimuzi Tembisa Ekurhuleni. Moving from one place to another is not the only problem with regard to the lock down failure to adhere with rules and regulations of the lock down is the problem. Since the extension of the lock down, people who brew African beer a.k.a Umqombothi, risk many lives they don’t pay attention to social distancing. Due to the regulation of not selling beer, people have resorted to putting the beer in cold drink containers to disguise.

COVID-19 depriving security forces of their family time

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by Nonkosi in Braamfisher in Soweto…On Monday 12 April four liquor traders were arrested for contravening the Disaster Management Act of 2020 by selling liquor and cigarettes during the lock down. This shows that people are no taking COVID-19 seriously.

One of the soldiers we interfaced with was so frustrated by people of Braamfisher’s behavior. I laughed and said at least you are making money and we SAPS members are getting not anything. He said you are fortunate because you are able to see your family. “I’m home sick and if people don’t listen and behave like this,we will be deployed and stay in our camps till this is over. Money won’t make up for the time lost with our family” said the soldier.
Its the little things that we take for granted that matters more. We are working for long hours forcing people to stay home for their safety. It is unfortunate that street vendors can’t operate their business and the extension of the lock down means that they won’t be able to provide for their families. Every time I go back home I am afraid that I can infect my family. To keep them safe. At least the little that people can do is to stay at home. Nonetheless, I would like to thank our petrol attendants who are rendering services to the essential workers.

Coronavirus infect all and sundry- That it only affects rich people is a myth

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By Buti Botopela…in Ikemeleng community. As at 15 March 2020,the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of disaster, responding to COVID-19 cases which had been reported. The message shared is loud and clear that we must slow down the spread of this virus in order for us to be able to respond to all the health needs in our communities. I personally felt that my life is at risk . Ikemeleng community is made up of multi African nationals and many don’t even know, what COVID – 19 is. What does it mean when people say it’s lock down? In Ikemeleng community, move around freely and they only disappear when they see the police and soldiers moving around the community streets making sure that people are safe and indoors.
I interviewed 3 of the community members whose names can’t be revealed.

I asked them about what coronavirus and lockdown means to them. Their response was that coronavirus only infect the rich people and not poor people.COVID – 19 is increasing poverty within the community. They even told me that they are not going to sleep with empty stomachs as they depend on piece jobs to feed their families. The situation is getting worst daily. What trajectory or what path this pandemic will take is uncertain.

We all need to help the government slowdown the spread of this virus by complying with the rules set out through avoiding visiting others and playing together especially the kids should stay home and indoors.

Army using force to enforce lockdown in Lesotho

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by Rapule Moiloa…A friend of mine from Lesotho said that she witnessed how the lock down is affecting people in Lesotho in terms of how the army uses force with the police is hiding behind the army and allows the army to beat people and use force. The queues at groceries shops are long and she said that Shoprite closes around 11am and the people with small businesses are affected since they sell fast food etc. She also said that at least the government has announced price reduction in fuel prices.

The pain of a boy who misses his parents

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By: Francisco…On February 20, we interviewed a 10-year-old boy living in the Liberdade neighborhood, he was selling coconut cakes and looking very concentrated and apparently feeling isolated.

Asked about his name and where he lived, the little boy replied that his name was Sawali and that he lived right in front of the place that sold the cookies, specifically in the Liberdade neighborhood, Matola city and Maputo province.

Little Sawali is 10 years old and attends 4th grade at the Escola Primária da Liberdade. This boy, lives with his grandmother and sister, daughter of his aunt and his mother’s sister. Questioned about the whereabouts of his parents, moved, the little one said that the mother had died and his father is in another province, specifically in Gaza and lives with another woman and children.

1. When you go to school, who is selling the cookies?

Sawali says that no one is selling the cookies, sometimes when he returns early from school sells them.

2. What has your Mana been doing?

She hasn’t done anything, sometimes she helps our grandmother, but there are few times she has done it, it depends on her mood and her willingness to do it.

3. In relation to your father, have you spoken to him? Have they visited you?

“I spoke to him one day on his cell phone, but it was a long time ago, he never came to visit me, I was the one who visited him, but it was also a long time ago.”

Noticing little Sawali’s shyness and emotion in relation to this conversation, we chose to change the subject, asking him, what he wants to be when he grows up, promptly stated that he wants to be a professional football player and that he had Messe, the Jersey 10 from Barcelona as his idol.

4. Can you mention any rights of child?

• “The child has the right to play, study, pray and grow up.”

He is such a brilliant child who endures the pain of having lost his mother and lack of support from the father.

A dor de um menino que sente a falta dos pais

Por: Francisco Manhique

Figura 1. Foto desfocada, com vista a preservar a imagem do menino.

Figure 1. Blurred photo, in order to preserve the boy’s image.

No dia 20 de Fevereiro entrevistamos um menino de 10 anos residente no bairro da liberdade, ele vendia bolinhos de coco e estava com aspecto muito concentrado e aparentemente sentindo-se isolado.

Questionado sobre o seu nome e onde morava, o pequeno menino respondeu que se chamava Sawali e que residia logo em frente em relação ao local que vendia os bolinhos, concretamente no bairro da liberdade, cidade da Matola e província de Maputo.

O pequeno Sawali tem 10 anos e frequenta a 4ª classe na Escola Primária da Liberdade. Este menino, vive com a avo, Mãe de sua Mãe e mana, filha de sua tia, irmã de sua Mãe. Questionado sobre o paradeiro dos pais, emocionado, o pequeno disse que a Mãe tivera falecido e o seu pai está numa outra província, especificamente em Gaza e vive com uma outra mulher e filhos.

  1. Quando vais a escola, quem fica a vender os bolinhos?

Sawali afirma que ninguém fica a vender os bolinhos, por vezes, quando volta cedo da Escola, retorna na venda dos mesmos, e qualquer trabalho da escola tem realizado enquanto vende.

  • Oque sua Mana tem feito?

Ela não tem feito nada, por vezes ajuda a nossa avó, mas são poucas as vezes em que tem feito, depende do seu humor e sua boa vontade o fazer.

  • Em relação ao seu pai, tens falado com ele? Ele têm-te visitado?

“Falei com ele um dia ao telemóvel, mas já faz muito tempo, ele nunca veio visitar-me, eu é que fui um dia lhe visitar, mas também faz muito tempo.

Notando a timidez e a emoção do pequeno Sawali em relação a essa conversa, optamos por mudar de assunto, perguntando-lhe, oque ele quer ser quando crescer, prontamente, afirmou que quer ser um jogador profissional de futebol e que tinha Messe, o Camisola 10 do Barcelona como seu ídolo.

  • Podes mencionar alguns direitos da criança?
  • “a criança tem direito de Brincar”;
  • De estudar;
  • De rezar; e
  • Crescer.

Esses são alguns dos direitos da criança mencionados por este menino que sente a dor de ter perdido a sua mãe e clara auxência de seu pai.