Could the Government impose a curfew?

Could the Government impose a curfew?


The Governments draft proposal regulating business and society could see the country be subjected to an unprecedented curfew from

20h00 till 5h00, under the new risk levels, to be confirmed this week.


These draft proposals are now open for the public to comment, with the final regulations to be announced on Thursday.


The legality of this impending curfew has been questioned by two experts of our constitutional law, while John Steenhuisen,

the DA’s interim leader and leader of the opposition in the National assembly has rejected it.


According to Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, police spokesperson, they were sufficiently resourced to police the new curfew.

“We will rearrange ourselves if needs be and look at patterns, identify area where there is greater non-compliance where we will increase capacity,

“ Naidoo added, saying this did not mean areas where compliance was good would be left unattended.


Even though the hardlock down ( Level 5) will end on Friday, Dlamini Zuma has warned that South Africa could quickly return to Level 5 if the public did not adhere with the strict regulations. “We will be looking at data on a weekly basis.” Dlamini Zuma said.


These following rules are unlikely to change,

  • Movement is restricted unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • Physical Distancing
  • Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Use of protective equipment
  • 1 May 2020 wearing a cloth face mask is mandatory.


Which sectors will re-open on 1 May?

Patel said, Level 4 regulations will see 1.5 million more workers in the country to join those who have been working in essentials services since lockdown, but adding, “ We want people to stay at home.”

The proposals include:

  • Restaurants will be allowed to open but only for food deliveries, from 9h00-20h00, no sit down or pick up services allowed.
  • Tobacco products can be sold
  • Exercise will be allowed under strict conditions, but no organised sporting events or going to the gym
  • Alcohol sales are still banned, and will not be allowed in Level 3 for on-premise consumption.


This is bad news for sport, as the country’s biggest sporting codes were also dealt with a heavy blow. The rugby and football’s hopes of resuming the Super Rugby competitions and Absa Premiership, to be held behind closed doors – but televised, being rejected.  South African sports rely on advertising and broadcasting deals to stay afloat.


Source: news 24

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