As the country entered into its second week of the lockdown, police have arrested about 17 000 people throughout this period to combat the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus.

Police have warned members of the public who don’t comply with the lockdown regulations to be ready to face full might of the law.

Over the passed weekend, The South African Police Services (SAPS) have arrested a 23-year-old man in Pretoria for allegedly contravening the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act 2002. On 27 March 2020 little snippets of a video, in which two young men were seen travelling around Pretoria with one of them continuously swearing, mocking efforts to curb the COVID-19 and bragging they do not comply with laws put in place to contain the virus, went viral. The video was investigated and the suspect was traced and found inside a residential complex in Lyttelton.

In a separate incident: more than 50 people were arrested yesterday at a wedding, in Nseleni, just outside Richards Bay for contravening the lockdown regulations.

The Minister of Police Bheki Cele said on Friday that most of the arrests were made in the Western Cape, which saw 4,769 being effected. The others included 3,098 in the Free State, 832 in the Northern Cape, 1,845 in KwaZulu-Natal, 1,888 in Gauteng, 1,613 in the Eastern Cape, 1,562 in North West, 752 in Mpumalanga and 850 in Limpopo.

“The regulations are being enforced not to punish people but to protect lives against this pandemic. We urge members of the public to view the scourge of Covid-19 seriously as thousands of people globally have lost their lives to this virus, including at least 11 in South Africa” said Vish Naidoo police spokesperson.


Source: SA Gov News

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