Covid-19: Not wearing a face mask won't get citizens arrested

Covid-19: Not wearing a face mask won't get citizens arrested

- South Africans are compelled to wear cloth masks during Level 4 of the Covid-19 outbreak

- Even President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the nation to abide by this particular regulation

- However, human rights attorney Wayne Ncube has clarified failing to do so isn't an offence that could get you arrested

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The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed life in South Africa and it seems set to continue doing so for at least the next few months.

South Africans have been encouraged to abide by lockdown regulations, including covering their mouths and noses with cloth masks.

Every citizen has been urged to adhere to this particular restriction, with public places barring bare-faced individuals from entering.

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Cape Talk recently spoke to human rights attorney Wayne Ncube, who is adamant that a person cannot be arrested by the police for failing to wear a mask.

"Not wearing a mask is not a criminal offence. The police can arrest you for interfering with their work, but they cannot arrest you for not wearing a mask. That would constitute and unlawful arrest and detention."

Commuting amid these new regulations means that while you should wear a mask when travelling with other people, it is alright for you not to wear one when driving alone.

However, Ncube advised against arguing with law enforcement about over what the current lockdown provisions entail.

One of these potentially dangerous regulations is one declaring it an offence to interfere with the work of an enforcement officer, one that could land you in cuffs.

The lawyer commented that it is simply good practice to abide to the regulation concerning face masks.

"It's good practice to wear your mask whenever you leave your house... It's good to encourage people: When you are not on your own premises, wear your mask."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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