SA lockdown: Brace for strict enforcement

The Justice and Security cluster told the South African public there will be no jogging, no walking of dogs, and no sale of alcohol during the national lockdown. Police Minister Bheki Cele outlined places that people will be prohibited from visiting in the next three weeks. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The message is clear: Don't go out.

The Justice and Security cluster told the South African public there will be no jogging, no walking of dogs, and no sale of alcohol during the national lockdown.

READ: Jogging, walking your dog allowed during lockdown

Police Minister Bheki Cele has again outlined places that people will be prohibited from visiting in the next three weeks.

It includes public parks, beaches, hotels, nightclubs and even churches.  

READ: COVID-19: 21-days lockdown explained

Cele has warned that those who break the law will face fines and even prison sentences.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said minibus taxis will only be allowed to transport essential services workers between 5am to 9am and again from 4pm to 8pm.

READ: Taxi drivers concerned over lockdown

The number of passengers allowed in motor vehicles will be lowered during the national shutdown.

Mbalula said cars certified to carry four people will now only be allowed to carry one, while eight-seaters will be permitted three occupants.

Taxi owners will benefit from a repayment holiday to help lighten the burden of loans owed on their minibus taxis.

This is one of the measures government is taking to lighten the burden for the informal taxi industry.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the army will help ensure those within and outside South Africa adhere to the shutdown.

Members of the army will be deployed from Thursday evening to help the police enforce the shutdown and ensure security is upheld.

Source
eNCA