More people flouting lockdown rules under Level four: Cele

More people flouting lockdown rules under Level four: Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele says more people are breaking the law under Level four lockdown.

Bheki Cele in PMB

He's visited Pietermaritzburg on Monday and says he's received many complaints about the non-compliance in the city.

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The Minister says police are making more arrests in the lower alert level compared to Level 5 lockdown.

"For instance, under Level five, ten people were arrested for alcohol offences, but it's only 11 days into Level four, we have already arrested 50 people - 20 for sales and dispensing alcohol and 30 for transporting the alcohol."

Cele did a walkabout at malls and taxi ranks, he says people are defiant as they're simply not practicing COVID-19 safety measures.

"I realise that there is a problem, there is a lot of non-compliance, especially in the townships. We went to Dambuza, Edendale. 

"Most people don't even know that they need to wear masks. Social distancing does not exist. They don't use sanitisers, but I must say police have responded very well here."

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