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Eerily quiet public holiday weekend in SA

Covid-19 12 months ago

The usual public holiday in South Africa would involve celebratory braais and gatherings over cold beverages. But the streets were eerily quiet on Human Rights Day as popular drinking spots had all shut their doors.


22 Mar 2020
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Eerily quiet public holiday weekend in SA

The Florida flea market was cancelled due to the coronavirus, which is affecting the whole world, 21 March 2020. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Sunday church services had now moved to online live streaming as places of worship had also shut their doors. South Africans had evidently adhered to calls by government to avoid social contact amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Aside from a few transgressors such as a funeral service in Soshanguve where more than 100 people seemed to have gathered on Saturday, and a tavern in Johannesburg that was raided by police for remaining open on Friday night, those that had gathered at parks and malls tried to remain in small groups. Police Minister Bheki Cele had stuck to his vow of ensuring strict...

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