- Police Minister Bheki Cele has committed more resources in order to enforce lockdown regulations
- This comes after the minister visited the Western Cape as part of a 'Safer Festive Season'
- Cele noted that the authorities would be out in full force to ensure compliance with Ramaphosa's announcement
Police Minister Bheki Cele has dedicated more resources to ensuring compliance with lockdown restrictions.
This comes after the minister visited the Western Cape on a 'Safer Festive Season' inspection tour.
Cele highlighted that the police are working on the 'crime situation', saying that the operation is moving to different regions in a bid to understand the situation in different communities.
Noting a spike in Covid-19 cases in regions like Bellville and Dunoon, Cele said that while malls were compliant, high instances of non-compliance could be witnesses outside these outlets.
Cele revealed that the authorities will be on standby to enforce President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement.
The minister had inspected a Bellville taxi rank along with armed police officers, calling on commuters to abide by Covid-19 precautionary measures. Long Street and Khayelitsha was also inspected.
IOL reports that Cele's spokesperson Lirandzu Themba had confirmed that Long Street and Rands showed high levels of compliance, pleasing the minister with the measures put into place to protect the safety of customers.
The lack of masks being worn was highlighted as a concern, but no compliance notices had been issued during the inspection according to Themba. MAYCO member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, called for accountability during the festive season:
“We have to emphasise the need for cool heads and accountability this festive season, particularly in light of the second wave of Covid-19 infections. Cape Town needs hospital beds to deal with the sharp increase in Covid-19 infections. We can ill afford a spike in patients linked to irresponsible behaviour on our roads, and to alcohol consumption.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address South Africa on the pandemic on Monday evening.
Ramaphosa will be announcing further measures the government intends to deploy in a bid to reduce the spread of Covid-19. This comes after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that SA has officially begun recording spikes in infections in line with a second wave.
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