Dos and Dont’s dur­ing the lock­down

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WHILE the gov­ern­ment has set out the terms and con­di­tions we must ad­here to dur­ing the 21-day lock­down pe­riod, there are many ques­tions about what peo­ple may and may not do.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Bheki Cele clar­i­fied some of the lock­down un­cer­tain­ties dur­ing an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Jacaranda FM’s break­fast show:

No per­mit yet, how do I prove I am an es­sen­tial worker?

Em­ploy­ers of es­sen­tial work­ers will have to pro­vide proof. Health work­ers usually have iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, such as iden­ti­fy­ing them as nurses or doc­tors, which will be ac­cepted. If we take your word that you are an es­sen­tial worker and it’s abused, it is a prob­lem.

What is pro­to­col for leav­ing your home to go to the shop or go on an emer­gency run to the doc­tor or phar­macy?

You can go out for es­sen­tials, food or to the phar­macy. There is no time limit on how many times, but keep these runs as few as pos­si­ble to avoid con­tact with peo­ple.

Is there a limit on how many peo­ple may travel in one car?

A sedan which car­ries up to four, we en­cour­age peo­ple to carry one, max­i­mum two pas­sen­gers. A ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing eight peo­ple should carry no more than four pas­sen­gers.

If we live in a pri­vate es­tate, are we al­lowed to ex­er­cise or jog on the es­tate?

It is not en­cour­aged as the pur­pose of the lock­down is to avoid other peo­ple.

Will the army and SAPS ar­rest you if you break the rules dur­ing lock­down?

Un­der the State of Dis­as­ter, the SANDF will sup­port the po­lice.

They will have the pow­ers to ar­rest, but they must hand the per­son over to the po­lice im­me­di­ately. Both the po­lice and the SANDF must fol­low the prin­ci­ple of min­i­mum force.

Peo­ple still have their nor­mal rights un­der a State of Dis­as­ter.

If a State of Emer­gency is de­clared, how­ever, peo­ple have far fewer rights.

Can al­co­hol be bought dur­ing this time?

Ab­so­lutely no buying of al­co­hol or car­ry­ing of al­co­hol, even in a ve­hi­cle, dur­ing this time.

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