JOHANNESBURG - One in three South African adults don't wear masks when leaving home, according to a COVID-19 democracy survey.
It was conducted by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council.
This despite scientific evidence showing that wearing a face mask in public is one of the most effective measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Doctor Stephen Rule from the Human Sciences Research Council says some people claim they are now tired of wearing masks.
"It is quite alarming, the other, almost 30% say sometimes or usually wear a mask but almost 71% always wear a mask.
"We didn't actually ask reasons why people actually do or do not wear a mask but in some of the comments in our survey, we got an idea that a lot of people are fed up with masks since now that the lockdown has been going for such a long time," he said.
South Africa currently has 712 thousand 412 cases of Coronavirus.