Since late March, Cape Town, like all of South Africa, has been under lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Many residents depend on food deliveries to get by. In one part of Cape Town, the groceries come from a former organized crime boss.
These days Poppie cooks meals for neighbors in need. But he says he will resume his career as a ganster once the lockdown is over. He has already spent 18 years in prison. Caroline Peters lives a few blocks away. She helps women suffering domestic abuse. The numbers, she says, are soaring. The government has gone so far as to ban the sale of alcohol during the pandemic to try to curb violence and crime. President Cyril Ramaphosa has been widely praised around the world for his strict lockdown measures. But women and the poor are paying a high price.
A Report by Adrian Kriesch.