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Bheki Cele promises more arrests for non-compliance with guidelines

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Over 300 000 South Africans have been arrested and charged for violating the COVID-19 lockdown regulations since March 2020, according to Minister of Police, Bheki Cele.

The violations were in the transport and business sectors, as well as cross-border-related offences, Cele said on Tuesday, 22 September 2020. The minister warned the public that more arrests would follow for those failing to abide by the National Disaster Management Act’s guidelines to contain the virus, as spelled out in the Level 1 restrictions.

With 215 police officers succumbing to the disease, of the 16 539 confirmed cases in the service, the minister condemned liquor outlet owners who have been breaking lockdown regulations by using various tricks in order to avoid getting caught.

“I want to remind all the business owners who insist on flouting the rules [that] the long arm of the law will catch up with you, and you will also lose your operating licenses,” he said.

Cele also lamented gender-based violence, which he said was at crisis level in the country since the lockdown started six months ago.

His ministry, however, is committed to providing victim-friendly rooms at all police stations for victims of gender-based violence, the minister said.



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