The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula has expressed his concern that citizens in the province are still being arrested on a daily basis for not complying with the adjusted alert Level 3 Lockdown regulations.
“Since the announcement of the latest adjusted Level 3 Lockdown regulations, we have embarked on daily operations focused on ensuring that all the citizens in the province comply with the regulations to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are urging citizens to comply with the regulations as law enforcement officers continue to work around the clock with all other departments to protect communities from being exposed to the COVID-19 virus,” he said.
Co-ordinated multi-disciplinary operations are being conducted simultaneously across the province focussing on hotspot areas and those areas where reports of non-compliance are received. As a result of operations carried out from 29 December 2020 until 25 January 2021, a total of 7 270 individuals were arrested for various contraventions of the Level 3 lockdown regulations in the province.
Police arrested 1 579 private persons as well as business owners who have failed to comply with the curfew set in the regulations. During the same period, 5 228 persons were arrested in various public spaces for not wearing a mask. Operations also netted 400 people who were found to be transporting, selling or consuming liquor in a public space, which is in contravention of the regulations.
We appeal to anyone with information on the contraventions of the adjusted alert Level 3 Lockdown regulations to please contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or report contraventions anonymously via the MySAPS App.