The 23-year-old Khayelitsha resident who tested positive for Covid-19 is being stigmatised by her community because of her health, Cape Times has reported.
The family disclosed that the community had rejected her and the landlord of the patient was looking to evict her because she tested positive for Covid-19.
According to cousin and family spokesperson, Bomkazi Nomlala it was unexpected she would contract the virus: “She hasn’t been in contact with anyone who has traveled, at least not as far as we know.”
Nomlala said the community did not take it well when her cousin tested positive for Covid-19.
“Her landlord didn’t take it well, as well as the neighbors. Her pictures are all over social media as if she had done something wrong and the saddest part is that we can’t do anything to help,” she said.
Khayelitsha Development Forum chairperson Ndithini Tyhido, has condemned the community’s reaction and called for the community to show support instead of judgement.
Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Saturday their support was requested regarding the confirmed Khayelitsha case and two contacts who had been traced, both of whom displayed symptoms of Covid-19 infection.