Isolation and social distancing remain a privilege for the minority of people living in South Africa as we are about to enter our third week of the government’s lockdown to try and keep the spread of Covid-19 manageable.
Millions of impoverished South Africans and migrants fear hunger and police brutality more than contracting the coronavirus. People’s homes have been destroyed, homeless people beaten and several citizens killed by the police. And despite a moratorium on evictions during the lockdown, New Frame documented one that took place at night in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, during the week.
The government has extended the lockdown. But with the majority of South Africans already in difficult circumstances, it might soon become unbearable.