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310 490 people remanded since March

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The Western Cape has recorded the most arrests since the nationwide lockdown began at the end of March 2020, with Gauteng the second most badly behaved province. 

This according to Police Minister Bheki Cele, who briefed the media on Tuesday 22 September regarding law enforcement’s plan to maintain law and order during Level 1 of the lockdown. 

Western Cape records most lockdown arrests  

Cele said that over 300 000 people have found themselves on the wrong side of the law since regulations came into effect to manage the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“From the start of Lockdown in March to date, 310 494 people have been arrested and charged with contraventions of the Disaster Management Act,” he said. 

“These violations range from liquor, transport and business and cross border related offences.”

He said that the Western Cape recorded the most arrests with 72 137, followed by Gauteng with 59 000 arrests.

Cele warns that some restrictions remain in place during Level 1 lockdown  

Cele reminded South Africans that while many freedoms that were snatched away during the lockdown are once again permitted, there remain several activities and restrictions that need to be strictly monitored. 

“The public is reminded that while the social gatherings including concerts, live performances are permitted, nightclubs still have to shut their doors,” he said. 

“No more than 100 mourners can attend a funeral. Night vigils are still not permitted.”

For a full list of restrictions can be found here

Noisy neighbours won’t be tolerated  

Cele was also visibly perturbed by reports he has received of noisy neighbours, with the Minister saying that during these times, it is important to be considerate of one another’s space. 

“On another note, communities are urged to be considerate when hosting social gatherings in residential areas,” he said. “There are many complaints received of noisy and disruptive behaviour at people’s homes.”

“This complaint of the noise, it happens when people are in their houses and think they can blast the music,” he said. “If your music disturbs the neighbourhood, it is not allowed. All the bylaws of metros take noise as an offence.”

He said that even places of worship need to keep it down.

“It doesn’t matter what kind of noise, including the people that are in the church. They are not allowed to make noise. It doesn’t matter if it’s a house party, the spinning of the cars… it’s not allowed.”

He urged South Africans to continue to be vigilant and assist to stem the spread of the virus, as well as police efforts to maintain law and order. 

“This virus is still very much with us and despite further lifting of restrictions, people need to take responsibility for their own lives and that of their loved ones.”



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