- A Gauteng dad of a newborn was arrested for going out after curfew to purchase baby formula
- The dad was arrested while on his way home and after showing the proof of his purchase to officers
- The mother had to walk to the local police station to pick up the formula and car keys
A Gauteng dad was arrested for rushing out after curfew to purchase formula for his newborn baby from a local hospital. The Centurion dad reportedly made his way to Netcare Unitas Hospital at around 1am on Friday.
His wife was struggling to breastfeed their then-two-day-old baby. Due to the lack of nutrition in their newborn, the father rushed out of his house to purchase formula. On his way back, the man was stopped by police who questioned him.
He showed proof of his purchase to the officers but was still arrested.
According to TimesLive, the father's lawyer, Lily Rautenbach, stated that he was released later that day on a warning and is expected to appear in court soon. IOL reported that the mother ended up walking alone to the police station to fetch the milk and the car keys from her husband.
In similar news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that Bheki Cele claimed around 7 000 people have been arrested for not wearing face masks.
Speaking in an interview with eNCA, the minister further explained that the police have arrested 20 116 people between 29 December and 11 January. Most of the offences were from consuming or trading alcohol and not wearing masks. The minister stressed the importance of adhering to level 3 lockdown regulations.
Since the beginning of the lockdown at the end of March last year, the police have arrested over 342 000 people. Police Minister Bheki Cele also gave SA a clear warning: Comply with lockdown regulations or go to jail. The politician is currently visiting towns along the west coast to ensure compliance with Covid-19 restrictions.
eNCA reports that community leaders have complained about a lack of visible policing, with many residents reportedly thwarting regulations. A World Health Organisation mission to China to determine the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic is seemingly over before it even began.
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