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Fikile Mbalula advises grant beneficiaries to carry identification documents when commuting during the week

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Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, has instructed all grant beneficiaries to carry their identification documents and SASSA cards when traveling to purchase essential goods during the course of the week.

In a Twitter post on Monday, 30 March 2020, Fikile Mbalula stated, “Grant recipients are required to carry their identity documents and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) cards when travelling on public transport, to assist law enforcement efforts.” SASSA recipients are expected to present proof of identification when entering public transport and when asked by the South African Police Service (SAPS) or South African Defence Force (SANDF).

In an effort to aid grant beneficiaries throughout the week, the minister has relaxed transportation rules and regulations between Monday, 30 March and Friday, 3 April 2020. Buses and taxis are now permitted to operate between 05:00 and 20:00, in order to assist the public with retrieving essential goods from pharmacies and grocery stores. Mbalula stated that the allowance for extended operation of buses and taxis has been done to cater for the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

Despite the extended operating hours for public transportation, the minister stated that law enforcements will still be paying attention to whether buses and taxis are adhering to the regulations in compliance with the 21-day lockdown.

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Sayushka Naidoo
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