Fear, pride and hope. Those are some of the emotions South Africans felt after President Cyril Ramaphosa announcement that the country will undergo a national lockdown.
The lockdown will start on Thursday and last 21 days.
The strict measure was put in place to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. So far, more than 500 South Africans have tested positive.
The global tally currently sits at 382,108 confirmed cases and 16,574 deaths.
Celebrities joined scores of South Africans in sharing the views on the tough stance and what it means for SA.
Actress Linda Mtoba took to Twitter to reveal that she couldn’t sleep after the president’s announcement.
She shared a screenshot from her family WhatsApp group where she revealed that someone had to give her medication for her anxiety.
“I can’t sleep. Every time I try my heart races, feels like it is going to jump out my throat… Like I can’t breathe even. I thought I was fine, but I am scared. So many what ifs… I’m praying for my family, my loved ones. This thing kills,” she wrote in the message.
Linda said she is doing much better after last night.
After last night I really felt ok…
so I thought , till it’s 1am and I’m in bed, battling to sleep cause my anxiety is through the roof. pic.twitter.com/cSbx5RTFdC
— Mrs Linda M (@Linda_Mtoba) March 24, 2020
Radio personality Anele Mdoda praised Ramaphosa after his address.
“Damn bruh I have goosebumps !!! This is well thought out and needs us to make it work !!! Mr President sivile,” she tweeted.
Damn bruh I have goosebumps !!! This is well thought out and needs us to make it work !!! Mr President sivile
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) March 23, 2020
Rapper Cassper Nyovest urged his followers to heed the president’s call for everyone to stay at home during the lockdown.
Okay shap, People of South Africa, now is not the time to be sneaky, tricky or childish. Stay at home, practice good hygiene and do as you're told for the next 21 days. Skaba tleva!!!
— R.M Phoolo (@casspernyovest) March 23, 2020
South Africans will be allowed to leave their homes to buy food and purchase medication but have been urged not to stockpile groceries.
No reason to… Unemployment hitting us hard.😒
— Figo⚽7⚽ (@mohapi_77) March 23, 2020
Boity added that she felt like she was in a movie.
What do we call this movie that we’re all in? 😞😞😞🥺🥺🥺
— #OwnYourThrone👑 (@Boity) March 23, 2020
Rapper Nadia Nakai said she is well prepared for the 21-day lockdown as she has been hoarding groceries way before the coronavirus came along.
What I’m saying is, I don’t feel the need to go stock up on groceries tomo because I’ve always found myself buying a lot of stuff and stocking it anyway, therefore the stuff I already have could last me 21 days.. https://t.co/WraJZswkv5
— #NadiaNaked (@Nadia_nakai) March 23, 2020
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