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Over 1,000 rule breakers nabbed a day

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In the first two weeks of the adjusted level 3 lockdown, effected on 29 December, more than 20,000 arrests had been made.


21 Jan 2021
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Over 1,000 rule breakers nabbed a day

A South African Police Service (SAPS) officer gestures towards his watch while asking a pedestrian why he is not home before the new curfew time, to help curb the spread of Covid-19, in Johannesburg on December 29, 2020. - The South African president on December 28, 2020 announced new lockdown measures to halt the spread of COVID-19. One of the measures is a new curfew that will now start at 9 pm -- from 11 pm previously -- while non-essential establishments such as shops, bars and restaurants will close from 8 pm. (Photo by Wikus de Wet / AFP)

In the 300 days since South Africa first went into lockdown, on average more than 1,000 people have been arrested every day for contravening the Disaster Management Act and the regulations published under it. Last week, Police Minister Bheki Cele said more than 342,000 people had been arrested and charged under the Act. And the number is still rising. He also revealed that in the first two weeks of the adjusted level 3 lockdown, effected on 29 December, more than 20,000 arrests had been made. Dr Johan Burger, a policing expert at the Institute for Security Studies, said this week...

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