Before the 21-day lockout, hundreds of people left Johannesburg, hundreds of people are leaving Johannesburg to various provinces ahead of the 21-day lockdown which starts at midnight on Thursday.
The Johannesburg CBD’s long-distance Wanderers Taxi Rank is busier than normal, as some South Africans expect to spend the next three weeks with their families. This as the number of reported cases of the coronavirus continues to grow. The cases were up 155 from 554 on Tuesday.
In the Wanderers Taxi Line, taxi operators are hard at work as they direct passengers to places like Bizana in the Eastern Cape, Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. Some of them wear face-masks and others use bandanas and other pieces of clothing to cover their faces.
The majority of passengers here, however, do not use any protective equipment and stand in the queues very close to one another. And if they prefer to spend the next three weeks at home with their families, some confess that this means risking carrying the virus to their homes and provinces.
The President imposed a three week shutdown period with extreme travel and movement restrictions throughout the country.
Nwada Amarachi Iheanacho reporting, Obinwannem News