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Police arrest prominent person for allegedly breaking Lockdown Regulations

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the National Police Commissioner


DURBAN - Members of the South African Police Service in Escourt in KwaZulu-Natal arrested a prominent political figure for allegedly breaking the Lockdown Regulations.

The 61-year-old man is alleged to have convened a gathering of approximately 100 people outside the Escourt prison at about 16:00 this afternoon.

The Disaster Management Act Regulations clearly outlines gatherings are prohibited, except for funerals where not more than 50 people are allowed to attend,

The suspect was initially warned about the gathering and he was subsequently arrested after ignoring the warning.

He is currently in police custody likely to face charges in terms of the DMA Regulations.

This arrest should be a warning to potential law-breakers that contravention of the Lockdown Regulations especially amidst the ever- increasing Covid-19 virus will not be tolerated.



Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo
082 567 4153