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21-day lockdown: What if home is not a safe place for social distancing?

Written by: Matshepo Sehloho

In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday declared of a nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 709 as of Wednesday, therefore a lockdown is necessary to flatten the curve.

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However, what staying at home could prove dangerous?

The reality is that it is unlikely that victims of intimate partner violence can escape the home.

Eusebius McKaiser facilitates a conversation with Wits University law associate professor Bonita Meyersfeld and Teddy Bear Clinic executive director Dr Shaheda Omar to give more insight on the matter.

It is not unusual that in a time of crisis, the first social phenomenon that is forgotten is the fact that there is a low level war committed by men against women and children.

Bonita Meyersfeld, Associate law professor - Wits University

Omar says as the country focuses on the social isolation in an attempt to flatten the curve, there has been a gross oversight in the protection of women and children.

Home is supposed to be a place of sanctuary but it is actually a place for many to flee from.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Executive director -Teddy Bear Clinic

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Listen below to the full conversation:


This article first appeared on 702 : 21-day lockdown: What if home is not a safe place for social distancing?




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