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Cape Town Lockdown. A pandemic hits the most unequal society.

Salym Fayad | South Africa

The deserted beach of upmarket Camps Bay, in Cape Town, one of the most touristic cities in the African continent, during the first days of lockdown.

South Africa entered one of the continent's tightest lockdowns on 27 March. It was an early, preventive reaction. Very soon the paralized economy bit the poorest sectors of one of the most unequal societies in the world. And in one of the most unequal cities, where the divide along racial and social classes is more evident. Where segregations and the legacy of apartheid are still present, after 25 years of democracy, in the every day life of a city where displays of privilege and upmarket tourism share space with informal settlements where basic resources are non-existent for a majority. Cape Town has become the epicenter of the Covid pandemic at a continental level. Gender violence and police brutality, already alarmingly high in pre-Covid times, have spiked. The easing of the lockdown in June comes with an illusory retun to normality, at a time when the number of cases grows exponentially and the country heads at full speed towards an uncertain peak. The health system is saturated, the economy fragile. And solidarity, however, is more alive than ever.

 

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