DURBAN - Police Minister Bheki Cele says lockdown measures on permits should be strengthened.
Addressing police officers in KwaZulu-Natal, Cele revealed that non-compliance with lockdown regulations was rife.
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He said people were taking advantage of the system.
Some people have been caught with permits that offer services that are not available during the lockdown.
Cele said 131 public officials -- including police, healthcare workers, councillors -- have been arrested during the lockdown.
Of those, 89 are police officers who were nabbed for confiscating liquor and re-selling it.
The minister also warned that funerals are major contributors to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in different provinces.
The current prohibition of 50 persons attending a funeral is still in effect, but the holding of night vigils is still prohibited
Mourners can only get permission to attend funerals from a local magistrate or police station commander.
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