- Easter weekend or not, Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has warned that those caught breaking the rules will face the full might of the law
- With the coronavirus lockdown still in place, Mbalula urged motorists not to take chances during what is usually a bustling holiday
- Law enforcement will be intensified over this period to ensure the public adheres to regulations
The usually-festive Minister Fikile Mbalula has clamped down ahead of what is usually one of the busiest weekends on Mzansi roads.
The Transport Minister made it clear that those caught trying to take chances during this period will be facing the full might of the law:
"Law enforcement will be intensified and authorities will not hesitate to ensure that the full might of the law is brought to bear on those who continue to break it."
Mbalula expressed his concern over what he says has been increasing non-compliance when it comes to transport regulations.
On Wednesday alone nearly 30 000 vehicles were stopped and checked at roadblocks across the country.
In addition to this, the number of motorists attempting to cross provincial lines, despite the current ban, rose to 196 attempts on the same day.
The minister shared clips of a vehicle pound lot with several taxis confiscated over non-compliance under the lockdown regulations, which include curfews and a limit on passenger capacity.
This clampdown comes as President Cyril Ramaphosa contemplates the effectiveness of the lockdown, which is currently set to end next Thursday.
Briefly.co.za reported that Minister Jackson Mthembu had indicated Ramaphosa has yet to make a decision regarding a possible extension.
With experts warning of the dire consequences for extending the lockdown on an already-straining economy, the threat of the coronavirus has to be weighed against the threat of what may be irreparable financial damage.
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