Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that a total of 55 people were arrested last night for breaking the law on the first day of national lockdown, which is aimed at reducing the impact of the coronavirus and flatten the curve of infection.
Minister Bheki Cele, made the announcement while speaking at the National Command Centre briefing about portfolio progress in the fight against coronavirus.
The 55 individuals were arrested for contravening the lockdown rules and regulation that were passed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
.@SAPoliceService Minister Bheki Cele:c 5 in Free State, 20 in Gauteng, 7 in KZN, 10 in Limpopo,11 in North West and 2 in the Western Cape #CoronaVirusSA #LockDownSA #StayAtHome pic.twitter.com/Tkcq0Nvwyv
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) March 27, 2020
2 were arrested in the Western Cape, 5 in the Free State and 7 in KwaZulu-Natal.
Gauteng, North West and Limpopo recorded the highest number of arrests.
20 people were arrested in Gauteng, 11 in the North West and 10 in Limpopo.
Government has urged people to stay at home, except for essential services staff.