Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
5 minute read
19 May 2020
7:07 pm

Governments worldwide failing the vulnerable under Covid-19

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Basic human rights and freedoms have fallen by the wayside in several countries as they try to clamp down on the spread of the coronavirus, and South Africa has seen several incidents of failure to protect the most vulnerable among us.

A homeless man is questioned by a member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) during a patrol in the Johannesburg CBD, 1 April 2020, during a nationwide lockdown. South Africa's lockdown imposes strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Picture: Michel Bega

South Africa was among several countries around the world being called out for failing to protect its most vulnerable in its Covid-19 response. This as international and local outrage followed allegations of police brutality, unfair emphasis on policing the poor, and a disregard for human dignity in handling the indigent. Human rights lawyer Elisha Kunene said he was shocked and disappointed at the injustices he witnessed on several occasions in Yeoville, close to Johannesburg's inner city and a Covid-19 hotspot. Homeless people who did not make it to various Covid-19 homeless shelters said to be filled to the brim around...