Rubber bullets to enforce social distancing!?

There have been reports of extreme COVID-19 countermeasures all over the world. One shocking report is that South African police have been shooting rubber bullets at shoppers.

Johannesburg police reportedly fired non-lethal munitions at grocery store lines. Police claimed to be attempting to disperse a crowd.

A day previous, the South African president had ordered residents to stay home. President Cyril Ramaphosa urged people to remain calm.

However, amid the confusion and police action, there is clearly panic. Furthermore, pictures show police using shotguns to influence locals. Police have been patrolling in masks and gloves telling people to go home.

Some refused to leave, and reports say, the police then shot at the line. We have not been able to confirm the exact non-lethal measures used, but some believe it was rubber buckshot.


“These are people who don’t have a good will, people who are doing exactly what they were told not to do,”  is what Bheki Cele, the minister of police, told press. South Africa has disclosed more than 1,100 cases of the virus and arrested over 55 people since going into lockdown.

However, there is more than one side to this story. “We are staying at home now. Before we were going to the shops, but the soldiers are beating people so everyone is inside now,” claims Emily Ndemande, a local witness. These reports come as a blow to those hoping to resolve this peacefully. The circumstances seem extremely dire in South Africa, and we can only hope for the best.

What do you think of this situation? Who was wrong and would this happen in America?  Sound off in the comments below.

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12 thoughts on “Rubber bullets to enforce social distancing!?”

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    I most definitely believe in a lock down. Stay at home. As for myself, since I have ordered from GRUNT, I have throat cancer. I am doing Chemo and radiation with a good chance of beating this cancer. I have a positive attitude. Made many new friends in the Cancer center, young, middle aged, and elders, plus the Healthcare providers. We need order,rules, and respect for everyone. This virus has no limits or decimation on any individual, young to older people. Rich or poor people. Sick or healthy people. I believe that we all should take precautions, follow the guidelines of the CDC,State, and Federal government. And there should be some kind of punishment for the individuals that are not taking this “PANADEMIC” SERIOUS. May God bless our frontline Healthcare,1st responders, and Volunteers for placing theirselves in danger. True Heroes!

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      Ginger Flener

      I vote no own all the bills you are taxing us to death now and now you are trying to make it nearly impossible to have our guns if we can’t have our guns to defend ourselves the routets and crooks are going to take over and kill us

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    The spread of this has just become insane. Being the fact that my wife is in the healthcare where her offices test for it we are more alert than anything

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    Mark A Venezia

    I would have to agree 100% with William Lucas can’t say it any better than that. To all my brothers and sisters stay safe stay vigilant and we will get through this together

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    Historically a large portion of the population will do the exact opposite of what they’re instructed to do. People don’t like being told what to do. You’ll always have people who buck the system.

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      Milton Wiseman

      You say instructed to do. I’m sorry you feel obliged to follow the civil rights violating political meatheads orders. My wife and I look after her 82 yo mother and take that obligation very seriously, but I refuse to fall for this government control test. I know many are scared to death, your fear has no effect on me. I will and have done as I please and that being said, I have rode my motorcycle, gone fishing with my buddy and worked in my shop, all done with others concerns on my mind, I practice social distancing, when I go into the store I pay attention to others and when I get outside I use denatured alcohol as a band sanitizer. I am surprised that many people have simply rolled over and submitted to this control over their lives. I choose freedom and common sense, ALL THE PROJECTIONS HAVE BEEN WRONG so far, less than 1% of Americans have died of this virus and many, many more have had and recovered without ever knowing or being treated for it. I for one refuse to be handled by any government. Please be safe and follow your conscience, just don’t put it on everyone else.

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    I put this up to both sides are scared. This may be a case of nerves and poor discipline with a young officer, never a good combination. The senior officer should have been ordering his men as a Sargent spoke to the people to disperse and go home. It always comes down to leadership.


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