Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula: The police and the army will intensify patrols in areas identified as hotspots when the country lowers its restrictions to level three next week
The police and the army will intensify patrols in areas identified as hotspots when the country lowers its restrictions to level three next week.
The announcement follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Sunday, where he indicated that the national covid-19 command council had identified epidemiological hotspots – those areas that have more than 5 people infected per 100 000 of the population or areas where the infections were increasing at a fast pace.
Among these areas are Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Ethekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and Cape Town.Mapisa-Nqakula said while SA Police Service (SAPS) and SA National Defence Force (SANDF) officials were set to continue monitoring local and interprovincial movements by conducting roadblocks, they would also intensify patrols and even engage community policing forums to assist them with curbing lockdown violations in these hotspots.
Where appropriate and possible, courts will utilise audiovisual technologies to hold proceedings.Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-NqakulaShe said this would be necessary given that several sectors would be reopened and more people would be participating in economic activities.
Police Minister Bheki Cele echoed similar sentiments, saying it was paramount that law enforcement visibility be intensified in hotspot areas since the highest number of people arrested for breaking lockdown regulations were in these places.Just over 240 000 were arrested for breaking restrictions, he said.
Mapisa-Nqakula also took the opportunity to announce that as the country moved to level three on Monday, courts would resume operations that had not been ongoing under the previous levels.She said “cases that would be prioritised would include corruption, gender-based violence and violations of Covid-19 restrictions”.
“Where appropriate and possible, courts will utilise audiovisual technologies to hold proceedings,” said the minister.She added that there has been numerous reports on corruption and violations of laws during the pandemic which has led to the JCPS cluster creating “a collaboration framework that will include investigation, prosecution structures” to look into these matters.
She did not clarify if this structure served as the Covid-19 anti-corruption unit announced by Ramaphosa on March 23.Regarding media reports that that soldiers implicated in the death of Collins Khosa had been exonerated by an internal SANDF investigation – which found that the altercation was not what caused his death “when taking into account the post mortem report” – Mapisa-Nqakula said she was shocked to hear this as the investigation was still under way.
I think the most paramount is a new Minister of Police I have not seen a single soldier during this lockdown You'll with hotspots are treating corona like a wifi, these metropolis cities should have just stayed under level five. dmadishayah I bet they'll pass the city and straight to ekasi, where they'll terrorize
How many SANDF/SAPS members were deployed in SA during lockdown? Townships = 80% of the members Suburbs = 20% of the members Why so many deployed to the townships?, is it assumed that black people don't follow the rules generally or what? By intensify she probably means kill unarmed civilians. Moer Eh, I haven't soldiers since we moved to level4. What are they still sticking around for?
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