South Africans have been warned that it’s a criminal offence to refuse isolation once a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, after a Gauteng family fled from health authorities when two members tested positive for the virus.
Government went to court to force the family into quarantine once they were located, as per regulations that were passed in 2017 which empowers the head of provincial health departments to apply to the High Court for a court order if people whose positive statuses are confirmed refuse to consent to various measures.
According to constitutional law expert professor Pierre de Vos failure to adhere to set guidelines will result in serious consequences.
“If you refuse to obey any of the guidelines, it’s a criminal offence and you can be prosecuted and imprisoned for 10 years.”
As it stands confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa stand at 116.
In the Western Cape, five new cases were confirmed a 3 year old male who traveled to the UK , a 58 year old male who traveled to the UK and Austria, a 2 year old male with no international travel, a 62 year old female who traveled to the UK and Ethiopia and a 71 year old female who traveled to the UK.
The 2-year-old male from the Western Cape is the youngest confirmed case in South Africa so far.