Numerous arrests made for not adhering to lockdown rules

2020-04-09 06:00
The police have confirmed the arrest. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES)

The police have confirmed the arrest. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES)

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Since the inception of the lockdown, Lwandle police have arrested 29 people for the transgression of the Disaster Management Act.

The men and women in blue say they were out in numbers over the past two weeks to enforce the rules and regulations of the Act in an effort to flatten the curve against the Covid-19.

During the first weekend of lockdown 13 suspects were arrested for various crimes while during the second weekend the number increased to 16.

Sgt Mthokozisi Gama, Lwandle spokesperson, said a 29-year-old was arrested on Saturday night (28 March) for failing to remain at his place of residence during lockdown. A 30-year-old was arrested and charged for selling liquor without a license.

Both suspects received a R1 500 fine but it was later reduced by the court to R1 000, said Gama.

In separate incidents that took place from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March, 11 suspects between the ages of 18 and 56 were arrested and charged for riotous behaviour.

They were each fined an amount of R400 and released later, said Gama.

Lwandle police were involved in operations that included foot patrols and various roadblocks over the past weekend.

Gama said the roadblocks took place at Hlathi Drive, Micheal Street, Vulindlela Road and Onverwacht Road in the Lwandle policing precinct.

He said similar random roadblocks will continue to be conducted in future.

Lwandle police continue to maintain their visibility in the area and have already distributed over 1 000 health awareness pamphlets to the community.

“They also visited pension payout points and local clinics to ensure safety and to maintain social distancing in the queues,” he claimed.

Gama warned the community of Lwandle and surrounding areas that they need to follow the rules otherwise they will be arrested and fined or alternatively sent to jail for a period of six months.


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