Two arrested after Pretoria funeral as cops warn Covid-19 rules will be enforced

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Gauteng police have warned they are ready to clamp down on mourners when the number of people in attendance at funerals surpasses 50, as stipulated by the Disaster Management Act regulations.

“With Gauteng province recently declared the epicentre of the coronavirus, areas such as Garankuwa and Soshanguve have this past week been cited by the provincial department of health as among those topping the list of Covid-19 hotspots in the province.

Acting police commissioner for Gauteng Maj-Gen Johan Ndlovu emphasised the regulations were in place to protect people from the coronavirus. "The Covid-19 pandemic, and people losing their lives to the virus, is no joke. Anyone who deliberately flouts the regulations exposes those around them to a high risk of contracting the coronavirus,” Ndlovu said.

“Mourners who do not fall within the list of persons permitted to attend funerals during the lockdown place an unnecessary extra burden on the grieving family, who deserve the space to give their loved ones a dignified send-off without the added responsibility of ensuring compliance to regulations during the funeral," he said.

 

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