Southern Africa: Almost 19,000 Arrested for Lockdown Offences in Eastern Cape


Movement restrictions and an increased police presence during the lockdown did not prevent incidents of murder, rape, vigilante justice and corruption in the Eastern Cape.

Close to 19,000 people have been fined or appeared in court for contravening lockdown regulations in the Eastern Cape, according to the provincial Department of Safety and Liaison.

Other arrests include an alleged serial rapist, a man who poisoned his children, members of a neighbourhood watch who gunned down suspected stock thieves and a group of illegal hunters.

The police also found the bodies of two newborn babies at a waste site in Uitenhage.

A spokesperson for the Department of Safety and Liaison, Michael Msebi, said that since March 27 a total of 18,465 people had been fined after they were caught contravening lockdown regulations.

Msebi said most of the fines were issued for people travelling without valid permits, driving taxis that were more than 70% full, selling non-essential items like alcohol and cigarettes, holding sports events and holding funerals with more than 50 people.

Msebi said 221 people were not given the option of paying a fine for contravening lockdown regulations and had to appear in court.

"These are the people who might have...

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