Can you be arrested for not wearing a mask or exercising after curfew? No, but you could get a hefty fine
Those breaking lockdown regulations will be liable for fines of up to R2,000.
This includes being caught with liquor or exercising after the allotted daily three-hour period, Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar told TimesLIVE on Tuesday.
This is after a post circulating on social media stated that the JMPD will not arrest or fine those who leave their homes without wearing a face mask during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Minnaar said the fine for masks was withdrawn on May 5.
“This message was sent to all JMPD members to clear uncertainty after a fine was set for not wearing a mask by the Estcourt magistrate's court,” said Minaar.
“But it was withdrawn on May 5 as was announced by Brig Vish Naidoo of the SA Police Service. In terms of current regulations, anyone without a mask can be prevented from entering a building, place, or premises.”
Giving clarity on the R300 fine put in place by Johannesburg Metrobus, he said “JMPD officers can issue a fine for any traffic regulations or Covid-19 regulations”.
Metrobus said it will not allow any passenger to board without an “appropriate face mask”.
“It is now a law to wear a mask in public, failure to do so will result in a R300 fine.”
According to the document, seen by TimesLIVE, anyone who breaks the rules of the lockdown will be liable to a fine.
Here is a list of charges and the fines attached to them:
- Failing to confine yourself to your place of residence — R1,000
- Leaving your place of residence to walk, run or cycle outside the hours of 6am to 9am — R500
- Failing to confine yourself to your place of residence between 8pm and 5am — R1,000
- Convening of gatherings — R2,000
- Selling, dispensing, distribution and transportation of liquor — R1,000
- Selling of tobacco, tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products — R1,000