- A 52-year-old man is facing attempted murder charges after testing positive for the coronavirus
- The businessman opted to return to work instead of adhering to the 14-day quarantine period
- This comes after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize warned that the names of those who resist treatment could be published by the state
A 52-year-old man who thought he could evade fallout for his alleged irresponsible behaviour has been taken into custody.
IOL reports that national police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo has confirmed a case of attempted murder is being investigated by Ladysmith SAPS.
The man had allegedly tested positive for the coronavirus but had returned to work instead of self-quarantine:
"The same man travelled to various countries to South Africa. On his return on March 18, he was tested positive with the Covid-19 and was instructed to self-quarantine for at least 14 days pending the blood results. However, the allegedly continued with his business and in doing so disregarded the instructions by a doctor thus allegedly contravening regulations in terms of the National Disaster Act pertaining to the Covid-19 virus. The 52-year-old suspect was arrested and removed to a hospital where he is currently being treated."
At least 27 people the man had since made contact with since testing positive are now being sought for testing explained Naidoo:
"The matter was discussed with the Senior Public Prosecutor for the matter to be postponed in absentia to avoid further contamination."
Briefly.co.za reported that Dr Zweli Mkhize had warned the names of citizens who refuse treatment or quarantine during this period of national disaster will risk their names being made public:
“We want to make it a public call that the regulations allow us, if an individual does not come forth and has been a contact, and we think that his situation might pose a risk of infection to other people, we can publish a name to say those people who have been in contact must come forth."
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