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Durban – The KZN police said 10,701 people were arrested for not wearing a mask in different public spaces. Police spokesman Brigadier Jay Naicker said in a statement released earlier on Monday that while the country remained under lockdown level 3, police and other security forces continued multi-disciplinary operations throughout the province to deal with those who resisted lockdown regulations.

Between December 29 and February 21, a total of 14,653 individuals were arrested for Level 3 lockout violations, he said. Over the same time, 10,701 people were arrested for not wearing a mask in different public spaces. The security forces remain particularly concerned with the high number of people detained every day for not wearing a mask in public spaces.

We call upon individuals to maintain a social distance. As hordes of people are seen congregating everyday in shopping malls and other public spaces, this does not seem to be happening. Police detained 2,884 persons who did not comply with the curfew, Naicker stated.

“The operations also netted 741 individuals who were found to transport, sell or consume liquor in a public space.” Major General Thulani Gonya, the Acting Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal, has urged the police to continue the clampdown. 

We will continue to do our part to ensure that people in the province comply with the Covid-19 virus dissemination protection regulations. “In order to avoid being exposed to the Covid-19 virus, we urge citizens to comply with the regulations. People are also advised to stop excessively going to shopping malls and other crowded places,’ he said.

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