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WATCH: SAPS disperse group of people at Bloudam in George for contravention of Disaster Management Act

All beaches, dams, and rivers are closed to the public.
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WATCH: SAPS disperse group of people at Bloudam in George for contravention of the Disaster Management Act

Members of the South African Police Service dispersed a group of people who were swimming at Bloudam in George in contravention of the Disaster Management Act.

The Garden Route District was declared a Covid-19 hotspot under the adjusted level three regulations.

As such all beaches, dams, and rivers are closed to the public.

In a video that was shared on social media, people who had gathered at the Bloudam can be seen trying to make a getaway when they notice the presence of the police.

The gathering comprised of adults and young children.

A police officer is heard in the video informing the members of the public of the current regulations and it appears the dam visitors were let off on a warning.

It is not clear when the incident occurred.

Last week, Police Minister Bheki Cele said soldiers would be deployed to the Garden Route to help the police enforce compliance with the level three lockdown.

SANDF members started operations in the Garden Route on Saturday.

Minister Cele said he made a request for assistance from the army due to a shortage of police officers due to Covid-19 infections.

The Garden Route was one of the Western Cape’s first hotspot areas to be placed under lockdown restrictions during the second wave.

Nevertheless, the provincial government said the district had now passed the peak of the second wave and was showing an active decline.

 

Watch the video below:

 

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