Crowded Diepsloot teems with life during lockdown

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Crowded Diepsloot teems with life during lockdown

A man is taken away by a member of the SANDF, 27 March 2020, in Johannesurg, on day one of the 21 day national lockdown, following President Cyril Ramaphosa's declaration of a National Disaster as a result of Covid-19. Picture: Michel Bega

‘We will stay indoors and do what for 21 days in Diepsloot?’ asked a taxi driver, as he took a sip of his quart of beer.

The “deep ditch”, as the densely populated Diepsloot means in Afrikaans, was teeming with people involved in normal activities on Friday, except that no-one was going to work. Driving in the sewage-filled streets of the township in the north of Johannesburg, the first day of the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown was just like any other Friday morning. From residents having their hair done, learner drivers taking lessons and chesa nyamas (buy-and-braai) restaurants preparing for patrons, there was no lockdown in evidence in Diepsloot, aside from restrictions preventing people from leaving the township. “ “We will stay indoors and do what for...



 


 

 

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