A cyclist who was arrested on one of Joburg's highways just hours after the 21-day lockdown kicked in. Picture: @CityofJoburgZA Twitter
A cyclist who was arrested on one of Joburg's highways just hours after the 21-day lockdown kicked in. Picture: @CityofJoburgZA Twitter

Joburg cyclist arrested for defying lockdown rule

By Botho Molosankwe Time of article published Mar 27, 2020

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Johannesburg - A cyclist who dared to defy the 21-day lockdown rule learnt the hard way when he was arrested and thrown into the back of a police van.

The Joburg Metro Police officers arrested him on Friday morning, hours after the lockdown kicked in. He was carrying a huge backpack at the time.

According to City of Joburg, the man was cycling on the highway when he was arrested.

"First person to be arrested cycling on the freeway. Please follow the rules," the City tweeted on it's Twitter account on Friday morning.

Many people reacted angrily to the cyclist, with some suggesting that people who defy the law like him be thrown behind bars and only released after the 21-day lockdown.

"These people that are disrespecting the lockdown will make the officers sick. And the officers will make their families sick," said one Twitter user.

On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that a countrywide lockdown would come into effect on Thursday. He said the lockdown was the latest government intervention to try and control the spread of the coronavirus.

There are currently over a 1000 people who have tested positive and the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announced on Friday morning that two people have succumbed to the virus.

Ramaphosa said the lockdown was mandatory and had to be implemented to ensure that the spread of the Covid-19 virus was reduced and the curve is flattened. 

The Star

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