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Lockdown violators face R1 500 fine, arrest


This is what you will get if you break the restrictions of the lockdown.

KIMBERLEY residents face stringent penalties, including arrest, if they fail to obey the lockdown restrictions.

In terms of the regulations that came into immediate effect on April 2, anyone who refuses to confine themselves inside their homes, other than those having to attend to essential services, who are seeking urgent medical care, collecting supplies or obtaining a social grant, will be fined R1 500.

Repeat offenders will be arrested.

The Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, during an inter-ministerial committee meeting in Pretoria, indicated that 832 people in the Northern Cape had been arrested since March 27 for violating the lockdown regulations.

Members of the SAPS and the SANDF were deployed throughout the city this week to enforce the regulations to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The chief magistrate for the Frances Baard district indicated that immediate arrests with no admission of guilt fines would be served on anyone who convened a gathering or attracted more than 50 people to a premises where liquor was sold.

Anyone who hinders or interferes or obstructs law enforcement officers from performing their duties will also be arrested.

While funerals are permitted, the number of mourners must not exceed 50 people.

No admission of guilt fines will also be issued – meaning transgressors will be arrested – to anyone who intentionally misrepresents that they have been infected with the coronavirus.]

A R5 000 fine will be charged for publishing any statement through any media, including social media, with the intention to deceive any person about Covid-19 or regarding the infection status of a person.

A R5 000 fine is also applicable for any statement that appears on social media or is published with the intention to deceive any other person about any measure taken by government to address Covid-19.

Anyone who travels between provinces, districts or metropolitan areas without the necessary permit will be fined R5 000.

Businesses which continue to trade when they are not classified as essential services, will be issued with a no admission of guilt fine.

No admission of guilt fines will also be served when authorised shops fail to comply with hygiene requirements and the social distancing of customers.

Shops or service providers that continue to sell or provide non-essential goods during the lockdown period will also be issued with a no admission of guilt fine. 

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