Covid-19: Arrest for Those Who Don't Take Covid-19 Seriously

SA Health

Cooperative governance minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, announced via social media that new regulations on offences and penalties have been put in place.

This is to prevent the further spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus as a result of reckless behaviour.

“Any person who intentionally exposes another person to COVID-19 may be prosecuted for an offence, including assault, attempted murder or murder.”

This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a nationally televised address on the 15th of March, declaring the outbreak a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act. 

The document also expands on other matters such as the refusal of medical examination, prophylaxis, treatment, isolation and quarantine, the sale or transportation of liquor, prevention and prohibition of gatherings and more.

"Any person who (a) convenes a gathering; (b) permits more than 50 persons at premises where liquor is sold and consumed, or (c) hinders, interferes with, or obstructs an enforcement officer in the exercise of his or her powers or the performance of his or her duties in terms of these regulations is guilty of an offence and, on conviction, liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment”

These regulations are effective immediately.