Impact of Covid-19 on shack dwellers
Millions of shack dwellers across South Africa have had to adjust to their new normal since the Global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
With the numbers of infections increasing daily, residents of Kwa- Lindela informal settlement in Lamontville Township, south of Durban fear for their lives now more than ever.
With more than 300 residents and each family consisting of no less than 5 family members living in this informal settlement, residents are worried that their state of living puts them at greater risk of contracting the virus.
Sibongile Mthethwa, a single mother of four said that they can’t even afford to buy sanitisers because that’s money for bread.
“The lockdown has exposed the inequality between the rich and the poor, this is no way of living, and our shacks are so close to each other it’s only a matter of time before we contract the virus,” said Mthethwa.
These residents face the challenge of having limited access to sufficient running water and the sharing of toilets on daily basis.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, has warned South Africans to brace themselves as the country heads for the peak of the coronavirus infections.
According to KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala, they are doing all that can to ensure that citizens have enough clean running water.
Picture: Nomtsikelelo Mthabela