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Police nab 31 for disregarding regulation

Sejelo Police Station Commander, Superintendent Mogomotsi Matlapeng has expressed displeasure in the rising number of people disregarding the COVID-19 regulation of wearing face masks.

According to Supt Matlapeng, during a two-hour operation conducted recently they fined 31 people for failure to wear face masks.

He noted that there was a growing pattern of people not wearing face masks while in public places, adding that this exposed others to the risks of contracting the disease.

Supt  Matlapeng noted that the move was made following concerns of the rising number of COVID-19 infections; therefore they were out to demonstrate the police stance, with regard to pandemic. 

He said they were determined to enforce the order with the aim of reducing the number of infections.

He said, as the police were committed to ensuring the wearing of masks, adding that those who continued to disregard the regulations would face the wrath of the law.

The officer shared that enforcement powers for the COVID-19 regulations allowed that anyone failing to wear a face covering while in public would be subjected to a fine of up to P5000.

Supt  Matlapeng  further indicated that violations of the decree was penalised by an on-the-spot fine adding that those who failed to pay the fine would be liable to legal action.

He noted that they were concerned by negligence by some public transports operators who did not maintain the COVID-19 passenger register, adding that such defeated the effort to conduct contact tracing if needed. 

Supt  Matlapeng pointed out that they would continue to engage with the drivers by sensetising them about the importance of the register and taking relevant action where necessary, to ensure that the protocols were followed.

He noted that public transport as a critical service needed to provide and ensure safe and reliable transport for commuters.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was important for public transport to implement appropriate public health measures and to adjust their operations to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 among their customers.

He noted that they would constantly monitor the situation to ensure that adherence to regulations.

Supt  Matlapeng also advised that commuters, should consider social distancing options when running errands and ensure that they only travelled when necessary to limit social contact.

Meanwhile, Supt  Matlapeng has advised farmers to ensure that they branded their livestock, as a way of protecting them and discouraging potential thieves.

He said it was time for farmers to gain full responsiblility of their livestock, and guarantee that they know their stock.

Supt  Matlapeng said they had noticed that most farmers did not brand their animals on time and also did not know them, which has resulted in the rise of stock theft cases. Ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Thuso Kgakatsi

Location : Kanye

Event : Interview

Date : Oct 26 Mon,2020

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