KZN ready for lockdown, says Zikalala

KZN ready for lockdown, says Zikalala

Premier Sihle Zikalala says the province is more than ready for the lockdown which comes into effect at midnight tonight. 

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He was addressing reporters at Cato Crest Informal Settlement in Mayville Durban.

He was there to raise awareness about the spread of the coronavirus - and prevention measures. 

Zikalala says it's all systems go. 

"Every day in the morning, the command structure of the police meet. They asses every proceeding. We are already starting to identify areas which might be a problem with people moving up and down. Already we have 19 cases that have been referred for investigation."

READ: eThekwini services to remain open during lockdown

Community Safety MEC, Bheki Ntuli says they're well-equipped and ready to enforce the lockdown regulations in KZN.

Ntuli says the SAPS, SANDF and Metro Police will be on the roads manning roadblocks and patrolling communities.

"We don't want people to have a holiday - to walk theirs, go to the gym and have a luxury."

"We think that people would respect that because this is a lockdown and police will be all over to try and clamp down on those that would want to break the law." 

Meanwhile, eThekwini Municipality says it is not issuing any permits for essential services for the 21-day lockdown. 

The City says its Disaster Management Unit has been flooded with calls from residents requesting for permits to be allowed on the roads.

Spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela has asked that people request permits from the companies and organisations they work for.

"We are therefore appealing to everyone that may be performing essential services to arrange with their own leadership of their companies for work permits. We are not permitted to issue such permits for anyone, other than our employees. 

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