As the country prepares for a lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a handful of activists took the time out on Tuesday night to celebrate World TB Day by witnessing both Houses of Parliament being lit up in red to highlight South Africa’s most lethal infectious disease.

It was a curable disease, but TB continued to be the number one cause of death from illness in South Africa, killing around 63 000 people per year, according to Professor Harry Hausler, the chief executive of TB HIV Care.