Faizel Patel - 24/03/2020
The owners of Luxmi Cash & Carry in Lenasia has urged the public to stop panic buying.
This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday night that South Africa will go into lockdown for 21 days from midnight on Thursday in a move that’s been described as necessary in order to save lives.
Ramaphosa’s message has sparked a surge of panic buying across the country as residents stock items ahead of the lockdown.
The president said South Africa's supply chains would be protected throughout the coronavirus lockdown, meaning there's no need for citizens to panic buy or stockpile items.
Speaking to Radio Islam, Luxmi Cash & Carry’s Monty Devchand says while he is limiting the number of customers into the store, he will remain open during the lockdown period.
Monty has assured customers that he has stock of almost all regular items.
“People are panic buying, people are scared. I’ve got to reassure people that we are not going to be closing. So I know people are concerned about Ramadan shopping and everything else, but we are going to be open right through. We fall under the catergory of supermarkerts. I am encouraging people not to panic. Actually come back another day, we are not going to be closing.”
Monty says there are hand sanitizers at all the checkout points including the entrances and exits of the store.