65 reported cases of failing to comply with lockdown conditions
The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, is calling all citizens to stay at home during the lockdown period and desist from irresponsible behaviour which contributes towards the spread of coronavirus disease or COVID-19. As of 17:40 today, there were 65 reported cases of individuals who failed to adhere to the lockdown conditions.
Minister Fritz said, “I reiterate that unless you have been exempted from the lockdown, you may not leave your home unless you are going to the grocery store, pharmacy, are seeking medical attention or are collecting a social grant. Staying at home will ensure that lives are saved. I have, however, been informed that some communities are not adhering to the lockdown.”
Minister Fritz added, “All reported incidents will be escalated to Provincial Joints Committee which are attended by both South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) which includes Metro Police and Law Enforcement. Deployments and enforcement of the lockdown are being jointly coordinated by the Joint Command Centre, under the command of SANDF and SAPS. It should however be noted that police who act high-handedly will be investigated and action will be taken against them.”
“It is essential that residents understand that they must stay at home, leaving only when it is absolutely necessary, and adhere to the regulations set in place. Additionally, residents must continue to maintain good hygienic practices such as washing their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap or sanitizer and continue practicing social distancing. Only then can we stop the spread of coronavirus disease and ensure that residents are kept safe. I therefore call on residents to refrain from contrary irresponsible behaviour,” said Minister Fritz.
Useful contact details
Western Cape Police Ombudsman (complaints related to policing): Ombudsman@wcpo.gov.za
South African Police Service: 08600 10111
Emergency Services: 107
Law Enforcement: 021 480 7700
Emergency Medical Service: 10177
For further clarity on the conditions of lockdown, please see the following FAQs: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/department-of-health/frequently-asked-questions-about-events-and-hospitality