Covid-19 update: Cele in hot water over visit, smoking cop goes viral

Covid-19 update: Cele in hot water over visit, smoking cop goes viral

Police Minister Bheki Cele has come under fire after allegedly thwarting the same lockdown restrictions he is meant to uphold. explores the top Covid-19 related updates from Monday.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele allegedly broke lockdown for a personal visit to fellow Minister Blade Nzimande, but both men deny any wrongdoing. explores the latest updates as South Africa continues to endure the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Covid-19: Bheki Cele accused of breaking lockdown to visit Nzimande

Police Minister Bheki Cele has found himself at the centre of a possible lockdown violation after he was allegedly spotted at Minister Blade Nzimande's home.

News24 reported that the minister had been seen possibly paying a personal visit to Nzimande's KwaZulu-Natal home. However, the report indicated that Cele consistently denied popping over for anything other than business.

The incident happened when Cele invited media representatives to observe the Police Minister conducting a walkabout in Pietermaritzburg, ironically over concerns over possible non-compliance with Level 4 restrictions.

2. Viral video shows cop smoking a ciggie and Mzansi has questions

A video has gone viral on social media showing a police officer smoking a cigarette on duty while writing out a ticket. T

he footage was shared on South Africa Live's Facebook page and within just three hours it generated over 45 000 views.

The clip was captioned: "Must be part of the 90% group who got them illegally."

South Africans argued over whether or not the police officer was breaking lockdown regulations. Some said he wasn't doing anything wrong while other Saffas wanted to know where the cop got the ciggies from.

3. Covid-19: Human rights group wants 24 000 more prisoners released

The South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights has called on the government to release an additional 24 000 prisoners from jails around the country.

The SABC reports that there are at least 571 confirmed cases of Covid-19 affecting prison officers and inmates.

Miles Bhudu, the CEO of the group, has penned an open letter to Ramaphosa in the hopes of engaging with him over the issue:

“When we checked the annual report of the documents 2018/2019 there are 162 875 the infrastructure has been built to accommodate anything between 118 000 to 120 000 warm bodies and head count."

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