In an attempt to stem the spread of the virus, President Cyril Ramaphosa asked the 57 million South Africans to stay home for three weeks on March 27.
The vast majority of the population remains locked up at home and respects the very strict containment measure imposed by the government. But in poor neighborhoods of big cities and in the townships on their outskirts, it is not easy for residents to meet this demand. The police and the army do not hesitate to use measures that are sometimes considered extreme to achieve this.
To take stock of the situation, 15 photos taken in Johannesburg and its suburbs illustrate this point.