More than 70 people mostly taxi operators were arrested for breaking lockdown regulations in our town. The police have arrested the culprits since the announcement of the lockdown. Among those people who we have been arrested during the random roadblocks between SAPS and SANDF are those people who do not want to stay in their residences. They gather along the street, they drink liquor. They just continue as if life is normal. Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, said that communities do understand the message of the lockdown as some residents were notifying police of transgressions. “The majority of our people, they know, they are aware, they know about this thing. But there are individuals who decided they are going to disregard the regulations”.
He warned residents that law enforcement will have a “no-nonsense” approach in enforcing the regulations, and appealed to them to stay home. Police have also issued warnings to residents who failed to adhere to lockdown regulations. According to lockdown regulations, people may only leave their homes for essential business, such as buying groceries and seeking medical attention.