The President declared a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act on Sunday, 15 March 2020 in a bid to contain the Corona Virus. In light of this, Soshanguve Pulse took to the streets to interview residents to find out of there is confidence in government capability to contain the virus. The interviews indicate that there is general lack of confidence in the government capability to contain the virus.
Ms Kgomotso Phooko, from Soshanguve, Block H, said, ‘‘the government is not managing the pandemic outbreak properly. People do not have water to wash their hands and masks are expensive. “Why are they not At least making water available to villages and other vulnerable areas to decrease the risks and provide us with masks?
“Yes, they are giving us enough information like prevention measures to avoid getting the virus even though we are at panic, I am not confident that the government can stop the spread of the virus, this virus is spreading fast ever since it started, every day more people are testing positive.
Mr Themba Mabasa from Soshanguve, Block L says, ‘‘government is managing the coronavirus well so far, because no one has died yet. it is also assisting with enough information on precautionary measures to prevent people from being infected and they also update us every day on what’s happening with regards to the coronavirus stats. I am not convinced that the government can contain the virus, as number of people infected keeps on rising rapidly every day. Yesterday it was 85 suddenly today it is 116 people. I don’t think the government is doing great on that part.’’
Ms Mpho Khena, from Soshanguve, Block H said, ‘‘according to me, the government is failing us hence we are getting more numbers of Coronavirus cases daily, meaning our government is failing to take all measures to stop the spread of this national disaster.
“Yes, the government does give out information but it is not enough, I am still failing to understand why the country was not prepared enough before the virus hit South Africa. And the response about washing hands, isolation and all of that. I mean how is it going to help us now? Given the scale and the speed at which the virus is spreading, the government is failing to contain the virus further, if you check from yesterday’s numbers until today, we can see that we are still going to receive a lot more numbers daily.
Mr Vutivi Bila, from Pretoria West, said, ‘‘I think the state is managing the virus well by restricting the movements. The information is spreading all over about Covid-19. The government cannot contain the virus because they are slow in taking decisions and they are depending on other people’s reactions. That is what I have discovered so far with this disaster.
Ms Nsuku Rikhotso, from Soshanguve, Block H, said, ‘‘the government failed to manage it from the start. That is why
today we are having 116 confirmed cases of the people with coronavirus. They are not giving us enough information. They cannot tell us to prevent coronavirus while they are not telling us where this virus comes from. They must first tell us the causes of this virus. The government is failing to contain that virus as you see that the number of affected people is rising day-by-day and that makes us to not feel free anymore.’’
Ms Wendy Manjeya, staying in Pretoria Central said, ‘‘I personally do not believe that the government is managing the virus properly. I am actually very disappointed as a citizen in the country. Our government is very slow. After we had the first case of the virus. Travelling should have been stopped right away, not to wait for the disease to spread further. They also told learners to stop going to school but rather wait for their parents to come back from work with the virus and infect them. More information is being given to the public on a daily basis but it is useless because according to me they should be distributing mobile clinics for free or rather cheaper price testing for our people, Just like they do when they want votes from us. Already the virus is spreading further, how I can be confident?’’
Mr Vusi Dlamini, From Pretoria West, said, ‘‘The government is not giving enough information on coronavirus, for instance, people think the virus can only attack white people. I do not think the government can contain this virus because it has increased from 85 cases to 116 cases so it shows that South Africa cannot contain it. We do not have enough clinics and hospitals to manage the infection if the number of people affected increase.’’
Ms Ndivhuwo Tshisaphungo, from Soshanguve Block K, said ‘‘I do think the government can contain the virus to not spread further, like our president said, we need to follow safety measures to contain the virus.’’
Ms Anwen Mojela, a student from Soshanguve, Block H, said, ‘‘government is trying, by all means, to manage the disaster even though it seems impossible such as not using
public transport. “Government is giving enough information unfortunately it does not reach everyone at the same time. But I do not think the government can contain the virus to not spread even further because when it started, we were told not to panic but now it is spreading to a point where I think we will reach a lockdown, that is why people are buying products in bulk before it occurs.’’