Sun, Jun 20, 2021

Citizen’s health put at risk in public transport

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By: Francisco Manhique… In the wake of Covid-19, the government set a rule that passengers in public transport must sit three people per row.

Asurvey carried out by one activist trained by Act Ubumbano showed that this is not full complied with by public transporters who claim that their businesses have been affcted as they are not able to meet their daily targets.

This is because when public transporters are not controlled by the municipal and traffic police, they do not comply with the law, resulting in overcrowding in public transport and this is worsened by passengers who remain passive whilst they are put at risk.

the survey also established that public transporters do not abide by the stipulated hygienic practices and only one does. This was observed in the Liberdade neighborhood, Maputo Province, when traveling to the city of Maputo, specifically towards the downtown area. The transporte always clean the vehicle and disinfect the passengers’ hands whenever they enter and exit the vehicle.

“Quando todos estivermos mortos, não haverá dinheiro que restituirá as nossas vidas

Por: Francisco Manhique

Foi instituído aos transportes públicos que cumprissem coma norma que estabelece que “todos os passageiros devem ocupar por cada fileira três pessoas, em transportes públicos com lotação máxima de 15 lugares, e aos TPM’s que cumprissem a regra de que todos os passageiros devem estar sentados”.

Por conseguinte, em puro trabalho de sondagem realizado no âmbito do activismo, pela ACT Ubumbano, notamos que essa regra não foi acolhida de forma satisfatória pelos transportadores públicos que acusam sentirem-se lesados, por não conseguirem estabelecer a receita diária.

Estes, quando não controlados pela polícia municipal e de trânsito, não cumprem com a nova lei, verificando-se assim a superlotação nos transportes públicos aliada à cooperação dos passageiros que tornam-se passivos à essas irregularidades.

Ainda no trabalho de sondagem, no que diz respeito as regras de higiene nos transportes públicos, apenas um observa todas as regras incluindo, as de superlotação. Esse facto, foi observado no bairro da liberdade, província de Maputo, na deslocação para a cidade de Maputo, concretamente no destino à baixa da cidade.

O cobrador sempre limpava a viatura e desinfetava as mãos dos passageiros, sempre que estes entrassem e saíssem da viatura. Por outro lado. Este facto não foi observado em outras viaturas, desta forma, notando-se o maior valor por dinheiro em Motoristas dos transportes públicos, dizemos, “quando todos estivermos mortos, não haverá dinheiro que restituirá as nossas vidas.

Commercial establishments aware of hygienic practices to combat Covid-19

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By: Francisco Manhique...The commercial establishments in Bairro Ferroviário are attentive to hygiene practices in relation to Covid-19, however, it is common to clean the hands of citizens before making any purchase.

In addition, economic agents have made such action mandatory, aware that they are at greater risk, as they deal with a large number of people during the day, on the other hand, some commercial establishments have disobeyed the orders stipulated by the government in relation to Covid- 19. All amusement centers were closed, the places of worship also closed.

However, it has become mandatory that at 5 pm alcohol sales centers are closed. Through this law, young people lock themselves inside tents and bars, giving the impression that the place is closed, while they have fun night and day.

Estabelecimentos Comerciais atentos as práticas de Higiene em prol do combate ao Covid-19,

Por: Francisco Manhique….Os estabelecimentos comerciais no Bairro Ferroviário mostram-se atentos as práticas de higiene em relação a Covid-19, no entanto, torna-se comum a limpeza das mãos da parte dos cidadãos antes de perpetrar qualquer compra.

Ademais, os agentes económicos, tem tornado obrigatório tal acção, cientes de que estão em maior risco, por lidar com maior número de pessoas durante o dia, por outro lado, alguns estabelecimentos comercias tem desobedecido as ordens estipuladas pelo governo em relação a Covid-19. Todos os centros de diversão foram encerados, os locais de culto seguem a mesma linhagem de enceramento.

No entanto, torna-se obrigatório, até o período das 17 horas encerar os centros de vendas de bebidas alcoólicas. Mediante, essa lei, os jovens trancam-se dentro das barracas e bares, dando a impressão de que o local está fechado, enquanto os mesmos divertem-se noite e dia.

Infringement of human rights under pretext of enforcing lockdown- as livelihoods are threatened

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Anonymous…On the 8th of April one guy was beaten so badly by police here near my flat in Durban, Russell Street. We are really suffering because this has been happening since the lockdown started, sometimes they don’t even ask where you are going they just start beating you. Some of our papers have expired we can’t go for renewal because we even scared to go to home Affairs. We have a fear that we will be arrested after lockdown because we are now illegal citizens because we have no papers.

by Michael…It’s day 12 of the lock down as I am getting ready to go out, buy grocery for PACSA garden assistant. My what’s app is full of messages, other forwarded from PACSA Process Facilitators. As per government directive, for me to leave my house I need permit, classifying my work as essential service! I wonder if fighting for social justice is classified as one, human rights watch is one them, buying groceries for the garden assistant is one of those. First two  kilometers from my house road block. Here is my conversation with the police officers;

Police: Where are you going,

Me: Going to buy grocery

Police: Didn’t you buy before the lock down.

Me : I did, but this time is not mine, its for a colleague who is being paid on a daily basis depending on the work he does and as we are in a lockdown he is in a danger of hunger and starvation.

SA citizens pour out their feelings on lockdown

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by Nompilo…The conditions of conducting burial processes during lockdown are very frustrating and hard more especially in rural areas where the people strongly believe in their cultural practices and beliefs and where information about coronavirus has not been sufficiently spread. We had a very bad experience with my family at Maphumulo in Mambedwini, KZN having to bury our father under such restrictive circumstances. Having to adhere with the rules of lockdown robbed us opportunity and opportunity to mourn and bury our father in honour according to the dictates of our culture.  

by Njabulo Togane, PACSA, Pietermaritzburg, KZN…My name is Njabulo Togane and I reside in Cinderella Park which is a diverse community in terms of race. The community has different setups such as informal settlement, RDP houses and self-built houses. As we mark day 13 of the South Africa lockdown as a person who works with the marginalized constituencies who don’t have any means of communication but only meeting at PACSA office has been very much difficult to engage and communicate with them and I feel helpless because the regulations that were enforced upon us as the public of South Africa limited my movements.

by RapuleLucky not his real name is my friend from Soweto and he is one of the people who has a small business next to Bara Hospital. He sells sweets, snacks, cold drinks and he said to me last night that he is worried about paying his son’s fees, pay rent as he is renting for now the rent is 1000 rands because his business has been affected. He is contemplating to look for work after the lockdown.  

AnonymousIn my community(Eshowe) the problem now is alcohol it’s really scary the way people are in need of alcohol than to protect themselves from corona ,they are people who are selling it even police know them but they are keeping quiet about it, people are wasting money on alcohol than food, it’s really confusing what people are doing.

Living conditions undermine social distancing

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Since the enforcement of lockdown has begun things have been very difficult especially when it comes to maintaining social distance. It’s been difficult for us to comply with at home because we are living in a RDP house which is one room and we are a family of 7 including my mother ,2 sisters, 3 children and myself. We are very concerned because we can’t keep one meter apart as we the house is too small for all of us. During cold weather it is like we are breathing the same air. We are not sure if coronavirus is going to spare us in case one of us gets infected.

Poverty places women in vulnerable and precarious situations

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Poverty has placed women in vulnerable and precarious situations such that they find themselves in abusive relationships and having children with different men. Thando (not her real name) from Vaal highlighted this when she spoke about her difficult situation as an unemployed single mother living in abject poverty.

She narrated her ordeal on how she faced harassment from her husband but people advised her to stick to him because she was unemployed and she depended on him for the upkeep of the children. She therefore continued to stay with him for the sake of her children despite her suffering physically and emotionally.  She however managed to escape from the jaws of abusive, sought counselling and started to live her own life and fending for her children. She has this to say;

“Abuse will always happen until women say no to abusive partners and report their cases to police station. However, the major challenge is that some women report their cases to the police but drop them later for the love of their partners and this makes them continue to suffer.”

The Scourge of Unemployment for Young Women in Diepkloof

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By Rapule Moiloa

Gender violence is real. Rights are violated by men who perpetrate criminal behaviour and abuse against women and children. Women face many challenges every day. Poverty, unemployment and low self-esteem puts young woman in awkward situations that find them in relationships where they are emotionally and physically abused.

Government Must Help Save Our Teenagers

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I was in Eshowe, Northern KwaZulu Natal, at the hospital on Saturday night where I witnessed some teenage patients of about 14 years who were brought in by ambulance because they attempted to commit suicide. Some of them evidently had anger issues.

It is my opinion that our Government must intervene with workshops in schools considering how prevalent it has become, especially in the rural areas. Workshops such as these can also help parents to know how to relate better with teenagers. It is sad that every now and then there are is a funeral in our community.

Cape Town’s Unfriendly Streets to the Homeless People

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By Simon Vilakazi

The triple challenges (homelessness, unemployment & poverty) faced by Cape Town poor people put them in a dire situation. This has become so because Cape Town City Council (CCC) is adding more stress into problems the poor people face. In early July 2019, journalists reported that the CCC is fining homeless people with fines of up to R1,500.00 for sleeping on the streets. The Cape Town City Mayor, Dan Plato justified this and explained that the fines amount is set by the Department of Justice. Whatever, the justification of the fines, is this the best solution for dealing with the triple challenges homeless people face in Cape Town? The elected government officials, be they on local, provincial or national level are not protecting the poor people who find themselves in dire situations.

Cape Town’s homeless people to be fined for sleeping on the streets.

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By Simon Vilakazi

The City of Cape Town announced that homeless people will be fined for sleeping on the streets. This is because the city officials have been getting complaints of public nuisance from business owners who complained that homeless people relieve themselves on the streets near stores and private properties. To deal with this “problem” the city is imposing fines that may be as high as R1,500.00 or more to homeless people who find themselves having to sleep on the streets. This is however controversial. How can a homeless person pay a fine if the reason for sleeping on the street is not having money to pay rent? The City of Cape Town is not explaining what they are doing to help the homeless people. The numbers are increasing but the city’ budget and plans are silent on this challenge. Who is going to help the poor and homeless if their public officials are fining them for being poor?