Covid-19 has revealed more than just the inequalities in our society. It is also bringing out the best in us as communities rally together to help the most vulnerable. This sense of solidarity is being felt across Johannesburg, as an urban farmer aims to feed the homeless in the inner city and a number of restaurants – even as they fight for survival – open their kitchens to feed the hungry.
But many in our society also live in constant fear. Police attack migants, refugees and undocumented people, making it increasingly difficult for street sellers to trade. Many live without running water or ablutions and still have not received social relief – either in the form of grants or food parcels.
As South Africa heads towards the half million infected mark, the need for a cogent and broad spectrum response becomes more urgent.