Dos and Dont’s during the lockdown
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.