“Adhere to the lockdown regulations:” NTF founder

2020-05-13 06:04
photo: andile sitholeThe founder of NTF, Philile Nzama calls on SA citizens to adhere to lockdown regulations.

photo: andile sitholeThe founder of NTF, Philile Nzama calls on SA citizens to adhere to lockdown regulations.

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AS the country is currently on Level 4 of the national lockdown, a local woman from Ntembisweni outside Greytown is making a call to all South Africans to adhere to the national regulations and practise precautionary safety measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The founder of the Nurture The Future Foundation (NTF) Philile Nzama urged all South Africans to respect and adhere to the lockdown regulations.

NTF is a non profit organisation that seeks to empower and support young people to improve the quality of their livelihoods. The organisation also works with the elderly in Ntembisweni.

“Our president’s directives are the best. He always takes decisions that are in the interest of the country and the people with the understanding that people’s lives are at risk and our economy is fragile.

“I urge all South Africans to adhere to the Level 4 national lockdown. As South Africans we need to react in a positive way. In a way that will not affect our economy and the lockdown will not prolong longer than it is required. If we adhere to the Level 4 national regulations, we might, move to Level 3 sooner than we anticipate and, in that vein, we would have defeated the Covid-19 pandemic. If we don’t respond positively, the numbers of infected people will rise and this will leave the government with no choice, but to bounce back to Level 5,” Nzama said.

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala in his address on Sunday, May 10 at the Mother’s Day celebration, he said coronavirus has a socio-economic challenge.

“Millions of jobs have been lost throughout the globe as a result of this virus and many of our mothers and sisters have had to make do with the little they have to take care of their families. Because of the unique position that our mothers, sisters and women in general occupy in our society, they are the ones who are carrying the heavy burden of this pandemic. On this day, we salute you and wish you strength to continue to be the pillar upon which our society is founded,” Zikalala said.

However, Zikalala expressed his concerns about the people breaking the national lockdown regulations.

“Some areas are bustling with activity, and the concept of social distancing has flown out of the window. We are seeing increased vehicle traffic, a large number of people on the streets, others even plaiting their hair on the sidewalks. Some people are venturing out of their homes without wearing masks. We are also aware of business operators who have re-opened prematurely, even though they are not exempted from Level 4 of the lockdown.

“We are also in possession of a dossier that lists a number of private firms who are acting in contravention of the regulations of Level 4. We want to warn these companies, along with all those individuals who are contravening the regulations of the lockdown, that from Monday [May 11] onwards, you will feel the heat.”

Zikalala said law enforcement agencies accompanied by the members of the army will be out in full force, taking the necessary action against offenders.

“We want all our compatriots to be clear about one thing, we will take stringent action. We will not be doing it to abuse or victimise people, but to uphold the law, so that Covid – 19 can be kept at bay,” Zikalala added.

According to Zikalala between May 4 to May 7 a total of 26,170 law enforcement personnel were deployed to enforce the regulations. A total of 355 roadblocks were held during which 40,088 vehicles were stopped and 84,507 people searched or interviewed.

A total of 1,125 cases were opened, 1,182 arrests were made, and 450 admission of guilt fines were issued. As enforcement continued a total of 2744 liquor and business inspections were conducted, during which 155 incompliant sites were identified.

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