Lockdown: North West health MEC closes post office, home affairs for flouting regulations

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North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has urged people to comply with the Covid-19 regulations.
North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has urged people to comply with the Covid-19 regulations.
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  • North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has closed a post office and a home affairs office for non-compliance to Covid-19 regulations.
  • The Wolmaransstad Post Office and the home affairs offices were closed on Tuesday.
  • Sambatha said the two institutions had constantly flouted regulations around sanitising, social distancing and mask-wearing.


North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has ordered the closure of the Wolmaransstad Post Office and the home affairs offices because of a "persistent failure to comply with Covid-19 regulations".

Sambatha ordered the closure on Tuesday.

In a statement, Sambatha said the two institutions had been found to be "consistent with non-compliance with Covid-19 regulations regarding social distancing, wearing of masks in public and sanitising".

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As of Tuesday, the province had 4% of the country's Covid-19 cases, totalling 58 610 infections. There were 7 138 active cases, as of Tuesday.

In January, Sambatha ordered the closure of a supermarket in Lehurutshe, Zeerust, and a store in Tlokwe.

"We will continue to enforce compliance to Covid-19 regulations to prevent further spread of the virus. We will also not hesitate to order the closure of any business or facility where there is complete disregard [for] Covid-19 prevention measures," Sambatha said.

Sambatha added that the wearing of masks in public was still mandatory and "so is social distancing and sanitising".

"Though we are about to roll out the vaccine, it does not mean other prevention measures like social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitising are to be abandoned. They remain key to prevent the spread of the virus. Vaccination should be considered as one method of prevention," Sambatha said.

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