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Multiple arrests in Western Cape, as citizens break lockdown rules


We’re on day one of a nationwide “coronavirus lockdown”, and it seems like several citizens are having a hard time when it comes to playing by the rules. It’s been revealed that a number of motorists in the Western Cape aren’t following regulations that were announced earlier this week, and came into effect on Thursday night.

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The provincial traffic police have revealed that 17 motorists in the Western Cape were arrested on Friday morning. As we’re in lockdown, the only travel that is permitted constitutes emergency and essential journeys – things like getting food supplies or attending to a medical issue.

But it seems a gaggle of citizens are not heeding the government’s calls. After being pulled over and questioned by the authorities, the 17 people who made the wrong decision this morning were eventually detained.

Lockdown rules being flouted in some parts of South Africa

The news comes as we record our first coronavirus-related deaths in South Africa. Two people have passed away in the Western Cape after falling ill. We’ve also now got more than 1 000 cases in the country, with exact figures set to be released later today. The disease is growing exponentially, and the very reason we’re in lockdown is to try and starve the nasty little germ of any hosts.

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The 17 who were busted on Friday morning, aren’t alone in flouting the rules. We’ve seen some pretty reckless behaviour up in Gauteng, as taxi drivers continue to cram passengers into their minibuses. New laws state they should only be carrying 50% of vehicle capacity, but that hasn’t stopped a few of the chancers.

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Please, don’t do anything daft: Stay home, save lives. It’s that simple.

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