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Lockdown has crippled me


Soraya van der Meulen says she's skarreling for work during lockdown to put bread on the table.

The national lockdown has a devastating effect on the economy leaving most people skarreling for work to make ends meet.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE reporter spoke to residents and most say they are battling to survive.

Some are of the opinion that supermarkets are profiteering from the Covid-19 pandemic with their sky-high prices for essential goods.

Soraya Van der Meulen, an informal trader from Salt River said the lockdown has crippled her financially.

“The lockdown is killing me.

“I live from hand to mouth and had no income for the entire lockdown level five and four period.

“But yet I had to pay bills and put food on the table for my family.

“I had to klop aan by neighbours.

“I’m forced to skarrel around during lockdown for odd jobs.

“Life is bitter.”

Another informal trader from Salt River, Kenny collins said the lockdown is frustrating.

“I need to pay bills, but have no income.”

Bedford Moses, as shoemaker from Woodstock said he is also battling to put food on the table.

“I have applied for the Distress Relief Fund, but had no reply.

“We are desperate for work.”

A Salt River shop owner, Dawood said his future are looking bleak.

“If business remains the same, I will have to close shop.”

Veteran Community Activist, Tahir Levyl said the lockdown is for the rich.

People with money can afford to stay at home while the poor has to go out to look for work to put bread on the table.

“Whenever there’s a crisis the rich stays up there, but the poor suffers.

“I urge the public to help one another.”

ANGRY SMOKERS

Smokers are now out and about ignoring lockdown regulations skarrelling for cheap entjies.

They are more concerned to find entjies on the black market than getting infected with the Coronavirus.

Cigarette prices have soared since the start of the cigarette ban.

Smokers forked up to R200 for a packet of 20’s and R12 for a loose.

The black market is flourishing and profiteering.

A shop owner selling black market entjies said: “Its not us raising the prices, its the wholesaler.

A Salt River resident, Alwie said: “He can’t live without his smokes.”

“I paid R200 for a packet of 20’s

“It’s a complete rip off, but what can i do.”

“Each time I go and buy, the prices have gone up.

“I don’t understand why the government put a ban on cigarettes.

“You can’t smoke entjies, but dagga is legal.”