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.
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.
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131 public officials – including police, healthcare workers, councillors – have been arrested during #LockdownSA. 89 of those are police officers – most of them for confiscating liquor and re-selling it. pic.twitter.com/vEM7K9U1GI
— Dasen Thathiah (@DasenThathiah) April 22, 2020
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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