WATCH | Social distancing out the window amid food parcel chaos in Buffalo City

Crowds of people waited for food parcel vouchers in Duncan Village.
Crowds of people waited for food parcel vouchers in Duncan Village.
Image: Bhongo Jacob

Large crowds queued for food parcels in across the Buffalo City metro area on Monday morning.

In pictures circulated on social media show hundreds of people in Mdantsane, Duncan Village and King William's Town waiting for food parcels with no sign of social distancing.

The situation was made worse by the large number of month-end shoppers who were added to the throngs of people.

The sheer number of people waiting to collect food parcel vouchers along with month-end shoppers made soicial distancing impossible in Buffalo City. Production and editing: Luke Charter

Buffalo City Metro has availed R30m towards providing food parcels to 40,000 families in each of its 50 wards. Each ward has to identify 800 people living below the poverty line who will receive the R750 vouchers.

Those meant to benefit from the food vouchers are the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, child-headed homes and hawkers.

Questions have been sent to the metro for comment.

This is a developing story.

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