Speaking during a National Command Council update Minister of defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula revealed that initially, the intention was to lock down Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape.
– The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 1 170 on the first day of lockdown – This was revealed at an inter-ministerial briefing on the current situation – The regulation limiting passengers in public transport has been lifted to help workers to travel.
Mapisa-Nqkula admitted that some failures were noted during the launch of operations on Friday. The minister explained that the SANDF will be moving around in a bid to monitor the situation. Numerous citizens have been moving from province to province with some finding themselves stranded at borders unable to pass through. In addition to this, the minister defended President Cyril Ramaphosa’s military dress when he spoke to members of the SANDF, adamant that as commander-in-chief he was within his rights.
Police Minister Bheki Cele says that with only 2 400 officers a total of 172 roadblocks were put into place, a good night in his books. Cele noted that a total of 55 citizens were arrested for breaking liquor laws, reiterating that people should heed the calls to adhere to the regulations. As for citizens seeking to purchase essential items during this period, Cele promised that a solution would be announced.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said that transport as far as aircraft has now completely ceased. Mbalula reiterated that curfews have been put into place to regulate that movement of public transport during the lockdown, admitting challenges in the current regulations. The minister said that the 50% limit for vehicles has been increased to 60% in an effort to help essential workers to travel.