Mark Munroe, chief executive officer at Impala Platinum (Implats), has been granted bail following his court appearance today, stemming from his violation of the lockdown regulations.
According to SABC News, today, 17 April 2020, Mark Munroe was granted R60 000 bail, after being charged for violating the lockdown regulations. The CEO was reportedly charged for ordering workers to report to work and risking their lives, throughout the lockdown period, despite the strict rules and regulations in effect in South Africa, which are aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Munroe reported to Tlhabane Magistrate’s Court in Rustenburg today, 17 April 2020 where he was officially charged for contravening the Disaster Management Act and released on R60 000 bail. In response, segments of the South African public have taken to social media to question the harshness of the court and the government at large, with many claiming that other lockdown violators, such as the Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, have faced more lenient punishment and censure.
One social media user posed the question, “What about Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who admitted to the contravention of lockdown regulations on TV?