AFTER noticing that some people were not wearing masks and didn’t maintain social distance, he became worried.

Lindelani Mbonambi said he was worried because it meant that Covid-19 will spread easily.

The 30-year-old from Ntambanana in Empangeni, northern KZN, then came with a plan to ensure that people wear masks and maintain social distancing.

He decided to wear a red attire, carry a whistle and make a two-metre long stick covered in a red cloth and started going around telling people to wear masks and maintain social distance.

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Mr Fighter Lindelani Mbonambi is using the two metres stick and a way of social distancing. Photo by Abraham Kortjaas.

“I asked my friend Sibusiso Mthembu (36) to join in this and he agreed. We call ourselves Mr and Mrs Fighter,” he said.

He said as from 19 June, they’ve been going to shopping centres and in the local CBDs’ streets, encouraging people to wear masks and maintain social distance.

“Since we began, we’ve noticed that people are cooperating. People should know that as the pandemic is still spreading, the only way to prevent it is by wearing masks and practising social distance,” he said.

Lindelani said they targeted places such as shopping centres and where people collect their social grants.

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People running away when they see Mr and Mrs Fighter Lindelani Mbonambi and Sibusiso Mthembu because he will blow his whistle. Photo by Abraham Kortjaas

“When we arrive we separate the people with our sticks and encourage them to wear the masks. If they don’t have masks, we give them a red card.

"We don’t leave until we see that everyone is wearing masks and they’re maintaining social distancing,” he said.

He said they’ve been to the Durban CBD, Empangeni CBD, Richards Bay CBD and Mtubatuba CBD. “We would also like to go to other provinces, but we need money. I’m unemployed as I’ve recently lost my job. My friend is also unemployed. We’d appreciate any help so that we can carry on with what we are doing,” he said.