Somizi blasts Pick n Pay for lack of gloves and masks on staff members

TV and radio star Somizi Mhlongo questioned retailers about the lack of masks and gloves on staff members, expressing concern for their health amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Somizi shared his concerns in a video posted on Instagram after he popped out for groceries to Pick n Pay and Woolworths at the weekend. By Monday afternoon the video had amassed more than 2 million views, with fans flooding the comments section with similar questions.

“I’m leaving Pick n Pay right now and I just asked the management why the staff isn’t wearing masks and gloves. They say they were told that if they want masks they must buy for themselves.”

Somizi explained that he was worried that the tellers interacted closely with customers, which put them in danger of having saliva or remnants of a cough or a sneeze land on them.

“It’s not only for me but for them as well, for their safety. They are exposed more than anybody else. This is bulls**t.”

Watch the video below.

Pick n Pay spokesperson Janine Caradonna told TshisaLIVE that the retailer was doing everything in its power to protect its staff and fight the spread of coronavirus.

“Pick n Pay is taking all necessary action to fight the spread of coronavirus. We are requiring our staff to uphold stringent personal hygiene, including frequent and proper handwashing. We are also making hand sanitisers readily available for staff and customers in our stores.

“Some customers have asked us why our staff are not wearing face masks and gloves. The World Health Organisation (WHO) clearly advises that a healthy person should only wear a face mask if they are taking care of someone suspected of having coronavirus, or if they are coughing themselves,” said Caradonna.

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