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Prices spike ahead of South African lockdown

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Some South African businesspeople have hiked prices of goods ahead of the impending nationwide lockdown scheduled to start on Thursday, 26 March 2020.

According to the National Consumer Commission (NCC), it has received over twenty complaints against businesspeople who are overcharging customers on goods sold in their shops nationwide as South Africans embark on panic-buying ahead of Thursday’s lockdown.

The panic-buying has been triggered by the consumers trying to stock up ahead of the lockdown.

The commission said it had received complaints from several provinces of the country since President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the three-week lockdown as part of his government’s efforts to stop the coronavirus which has now reached seven-hundred and nine cases.

The lockdown requires all South Africans to stay at home, as only those entrusted with carrying out essential services will be allowed to move outside their homes.



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