Queues have been piling up at South African supermarkets on Thursday, as the nation prepares for a three-week lockdown. It’s been chaos out there.
Social distancing for what, and for who? South Africans are making the most of their final day before lockdown, as thousands head to the shops on Thursday. For many, this is the last chance to purchase booze and cigarettes before we’re confined to our homes – but stores will stay open, selling essential goods.
Shoppers have been warned against panic buying, but some still continue to stockpile. Makro, once again, have been affected by the chaos. Long queues and stockpiling were evident at some of their branches, and despite their best efforts to enforce social distancing, a number of citizens continued to flout the rules:
So I went to go buy washing powder at Makro! And I made a U turn pic.twitter.com/WKbCqnDH1m— leratokganyago (@Leratokganyago) March 24, 2020
Situation right now at Makro woodmead people buying liquor like they will open spaza shops ? pic.twitter.com/BP0sps23YO— Nelly (@RiaMoholobela) March 26, 2020
Makro have since issued a statement on the matter, explaining what they are doing to mitigate the spread of the disease and ensure that shoppers behave in an orderly fashion:
“The queues both in store and outside are being constantly managed and monitored and we are limiting the amount of people inside the store to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed.”Makro
South Africa if this is not panic buying then we don’t know. These long ques started at hours before Sunshine Cash and Carry In Princess west of Johannesburg opens earlier today and all these customers they are here to buy essentials. Really essentials #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/kMOzknI5cP— Ntebo Mokobo (@MokoboNtebo) March 26, 2020
#MorningFlava @Pearl_Shongwe @moflavadj @owenhannie current situation at Checkers Hyper in Constantia Kloof!!! pic.twitter.com/0RiKzs475h— Zandie.M? (@mizz_p_) March 26, 2020
Pick’n’pay Maponya Mall #21DaysLockdownSA pic.twitter.com/8Mc4YdbIkH— IG:Shakes_Shabba (@SPHIWESHAKES4) March 26, 2020
COVID-19 for who!! @PicknPay Wonderpark people are crammed in at the door waiting for the shop to open. On the Internet it was suppose to open at 8:00. It is 08:15 now pic.twitter.com/EppndOArtm— Sigqibo Camagu (@Sigqibo_the_one) March 26, 2020