Coronavirus: Busy night for law enforcement as citizens flout rules

Coronavirus: Busy night for law enforcement as citizens flout rules

- Just minutes into the beginning of the lockdown began at midnight on Thursday, arrests were being made

- Taverns were raided and clubs were shut down in the early hours of Friday morning

- With the 21-day period just beginning in South Africa, the clampdown came as a rude awakening to some

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Numerous citizens have already encountered the long arm of the law as the 21-day coronavirus lockdown kicked off in Mzansi.

Several citizens were arrested for disregarding the regulations that govern movement during this time.

SABC reports that the SA Police Service had a busy start to the evening, raiding taverns and clubs where people had gathered to drink and socialise. reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele had warned the nation of the consequences for those who try to flout the regulations.

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Citizens are only permitted to leave their homes for essential purposes with no store permitted to sell alcohol or cigarettes during this time.

Those who fail to comply with the regulations will be found guilty of a criminal offence and can face a fine or jail sentence of up to six months.

All restaurants, taverns and clubs will be closed during this time but some popular venues in Hillbrow opted to ignore this regulation.

Police supervised the closure of the establishment, with suspects taken into custody for their efforts.

With the number of confirmed cases rising to 927 on Thursday the lockdown hopes to flatten the curve when it comes to the dramatic increases seen in infections.

While those apprehended are surely not impressed with their lot in life, many people applauded the effort, dubbing it the clean-up many high-crime areas needed.

Take a look at a few South Africans responding to the situation below:

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