Cele concerned about thousands arrested for not wearing masks

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Police Minister Bheki Cele has called on South Africans to take note of government’s call to adhere to the adjusted lockdown regulations.

This comes after over 20 000 people were arrested and/or fined for contravention of the Disaster Management Act, since the start of the Adjusted Level 3 Lockdown on 29 December 2020.

Cele noted with great concern the arrest of 7 455 citizens who were caught not wearing masks in public.  A further 834 people were arrested for liquor related infringements such as for the sale, dispensing, distribution and transporting of alcohol.

“I want to stress the point that the law enforcement agencies do not enjoy making these arrests as these laws are there to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus that’s ravaging our country. However, officers of the SAPS are left with no choice but to act in the interest of saving lives.” Explained Minister.

Since the start of the National Lockdown in March 2020, over 342 000 people have been arrested for contravening the Disaster Management Act.

Minister Cele has commended the majority of South Africans who are complying with the adjusted regulations.

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