Authorities urge all South Africans to stay at home during this lockdown. Scores of Rustenburg residents flocked to the city centre yesterday and today in last efforts to buy essential goods. Many do not comply with current lockdown regulations. Authorities had to step in. The Rustenburg Local Municipality’s Directorate for Public Safety and the South African Police Services, apprehended 30 people for the contravention of regulation 11 (B) 1 (a) which is failure by a person to be confined to a residence during the lock-down except to perform essential services. Spokesperson for the muncipality, David Magae said 30 people have been detained at Tlhabane Police Station.

“In addition, 17 vehicles have been impounded for non-compliance with the prohibitions of the lock-down. As part of the City’s involvement in ensuring that there is full compliance to the regulations, with emphasis to movement of people and confinement to residences, Emergency and Disaster Management conducted initial assessment including that of Fire Safety in a building identified to accommodate homeless people. An estimated 10 homeless people are already accommodated, to ensure that unauthorised persons are not on the streets in line with the regulations,” said Magae.