SAPS held a roadblock in Pietermaritzburg to ensure that people were adhering to lockdown rules
Picture: Kailene Pillay
SAPS held a roadblock in Pietermaritzburg to ensure that people were adhering to lockdown rules Picture: Kailene Pillay

Police step up lockdown enforcement in Pietermaritzburg

By Kailene Pillay Time of article published May 7, 2020

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal law enforcement officials have effectively closed off streets in Pietermaritzburg and conducted roadblocks to ensure that motorists and residents were adhering to Level 4 lockdown restrictions. 

This morning, KZN SAPS Commissioner,  Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula, travelled to  Pietermaritzburg  following a spate of complaints from residents that lockdown laws were being flouted. 

The police are conducting roadblocks across the city.


Concerns were raised after a video of packed streets went viral on social media. 

More than 800 people have been arrested in roadblocks across Kwa­Zulu-Natal for breaking the regulations since the start of the Level 4 lockdown, which came into effect on May 1. 

A ccording to KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala, the numbers demonstrated that there were still people with no regard for the law in the province.

Speaking at a briefing earlier in the week, Zikalala said: “It’s important to indicate that, as we are on Level 4, it doesn’t mean that the regulations no longer apply. Level 4 doesn’t mean that people can go wherever they want to go; they need to produce a permit every time.  We need to be aware that the virus is still here and it’s dangerous to people,” he said.

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