South African Police Service
Over 20 000 people have been arrested and/or fined for contravention of the Disaster Management Act since the start of the Adjusted Level 3 Lockdown on 29 December 2020.
The South African Police Service confirmed this in a statement on arrests for violation of the Disaster Management Act.
The department added that 7 455 citizens have been arrested for not wearing masks in public.
The police minister, General Bheki Cele, called on South Africans to heed government’s call to adhere to the adjusted lockdown regulations.
The minister urged everyone “who resides within our borders to respect the laws of this land. The regulations are among our arsenal against this deadly virus and failure to comply with them, certainly will result in more people being infected and more lives being lost”.