- A man has been arrested for driving to see his girlfriend amid the ongoing three-week lockdown
- He was arrested with at least 17 other motorists for violating the lockdown regulations
- They were arrested at a roadblock on the N1 in Johannesburg
Many couples have not seen each other since the beginning of the 21-day national lockdown eight days ago.
A lot of them have already stated on social media that the three-week lockdown has taken its toll on their love life.
One of them - a man who misses his girlfriend so much - tried to trick police into believing that his grandmother had died when they stopped him at a roadblock in Johannesburg.
But upon further investigation, he told the cops the truth that he was on his way to see his girlfriend.
The long arm of the law hugged him on the spot instead of the warm arms of his girlfriend that he was looking forward to.
He was one of at least 17 motorists who were arrested on Friday morning.
The motorists were arrested when the Metro Police carried out roadblocks on the N1 in Johannesburg. Mayor Geoff Makhubo was also there.
City spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase told TimesLive:
“Someone has come here and told us that their grandmother has died. And then upon further investigation they have actually come out with the truth that they are going to see their girlfriend."
Ndamase called on people to remain home, stressing that the lockdown was not meant to inconvenience them but to keep them safe and contain the spread of the coronavirus, reports TimesLive.
"People are really not taking seriously the call by the president that they must stay at home. People are seeking to mislead law enforcement officers."
"At least 17 arrests were made as people were not complying and will therefore be charged through the regulations that have been proclaimed by the Minister of Cooperate Governance and Traditional Affairs in line with the Disaster Management Act."
Briefly.co.za has reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has revealed that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases was now at 1 462.
Five South Africans have been killed by the virus. The 21-day lockdown aims to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
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