A informal shop owner wearing a face mask looks on as soldiers patrol on the streets of Soweto. Picture: Themba Hadebe/AP
A informal shop owner wearing a face mask looks on as soldiers patrol on the streets of Soweto. Picture: Themba Hadebe/AP

Dlamini Zuma announces curfew from 8pm - 5am under level 4 lockdown

By Zintle Mahlati Time of article published Apr 29, 2020

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Johannesburg - There will be a curfew between 8pm and 5am, with only people who have the necessary permits allowed to be out of their homes between those times, Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Wednesday.

Dlamini-Zuma, along with other ministers who form part of the Covid-19 command council, briefed the public on the final regulations governing level four of the national lockdown. 

Dlamini-Zuma also said because there would an increase in the number of people going to work during level four, people would be requested to return home after work and not to visit friends or relatives. 

"We expect everyone to be in their place of residence between these times, except for those who are conducting essential services. Movement, outside the curfew times, will be allowed for personnel and services in level four, provided there is the necessary permits and documentation.

"We can only conquer the virus, if we limit our movements and stay at home. We must continue to move only when its necessary that is either for medical care and emergencies or the purchase of essentials and permitted goods and services," she said.

The minister said buses and trains will be allowed to operate under strict hygiene conditions

Dlamini-Zuma also explained that since some people used the hours before the lockdown was implemented at the end of March to travel back home to various provinces, a short opening would be allowed for people to move back to the provinces that they permanently reside. 

She stressed no travel between provinces would be allowed, except for a once-off allowance to enable people who were stranded at the start of the national lockdown to return home or to the province they are working in. The country’s borders will remain closed and will open to be only for the transportation of goods. 

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** If you think you have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus, please call the 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or visit sacoronavirus.co.za 


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