What will happen if I break the rules of the lockdown?

Answer: 

To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa implemented strict lockdown measures, saying that members of the public will not be allowed to leave their homes for any reason other than to buy essential goods, perform an essential service, or in the event of an emergency. 

Amendments made to the Disaster Management Act, 2002 states that “any person who fails to comply with their obligations under regulation 11H shall be guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both."

Furthermore, the penalties include:

  • Organising a gathering of more than 100 people: R10,000 AG (admission of guilt) fine;
  • Allowing more than 50 people to gather at premises where liquor is sold: R10,000 AG fine, with a second offence resulting in a court appearance;
  • Interfering with or blocking law enforcement officers in the exercise of their duties: R5,000 AG fine, with a second offence resulting in a court appearance;
  • Intentionally pretending that one or someone else is infected with COVID-19: Court appearance without the option to pay AG;
  • Publishing false information about COVID-19, the infection status of any person or any measure taken by the government in respect of the virus: Court appearance without the option to pay AG;
  • Refusing to stay at home, unless one is performing an essential service, obtaining essential goods or a service, collecting a social grant, or seeking emergency, life-saving or chronic medical attention: R2,000 AG fine with a second offence resulting in a court appearance;
  • Attending or convening a gathering under the lockdown provisions, except for a funeral: No AG fine, appearance and charged in court;
  • Moving between provinces: R10,000 AG fine;
  • Moving between a metro and district area: R5,000 AG fine for the first offence and a charge in court for subsequent offences;
  • Non-essential business failing to close during the lockdown: R10,000 AG fine;
  • Retail shops not selling essential goods and services that fail to close, or fail to adhere to safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus: R10,000 AG fine;
  • Specified places or premises not closing to the public: charged in court;
  • Public transport facilities and operators failing to provide proper sanitation, including ensuring that drivers and marshals wear masks: R5,000 AG fine and charged in court for subsequent offences;
    Inter-provincial, long-distance and non-essential service providers who operate in contravention of the lockdown provisions: R10,000 AG fine and charged in court for subsequent offences;
  • Transporting essential services workers outside the regulated hours: R5,000 AG fine and charged in court for subsequent offences;
    Standing in a public transport vehicle: R1,000 AG fine;
  • Vehicles licensed to carry four passengers may now only carry one passenger in terms of COVID-19 revisions for vehicles: R2,000 AG fine for a first offence, with subsequent offences requiring charges in court;

Source: DispatchLive

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