Cele says the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng have had the most cases of the contravention of lockdown regulations.

He says more than 230 000 people have been charged for lockdown breaches, with the Western Cape recording both the highest number of coronavirus infections and arrests during the lockdown period.

Cele says towards the end of April while the country was still on Level 5 lockdown, about 107 000 cases were opened with 118 000 people charged for contravention of the lockdown regulations.

The Minister says the number of contravention has now doubled to almost 230 000. The contraventions include:

  • Liquor related offences and cigarette-related offences
  • Illegal gatherings
  • Failure to confine to place of residence
  • Cross border and inter-provincial movement
  • Business-related
  • Transport related offences
  • Fraudulent or no permits

Cele says that those arrested were either issued with fines or released on a warning. The minister has also applauded the taxi industry for improving in terms of compliance with lockdown regulations.

He said in a statement that criminals have taken advantage of the lockdown to expand their illegal activities; especially concerning the ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarettes.

“We have also observed an increase in smuggling of contraband (liquor and tobacco) between South Africa’s land borders with Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, as well as the sale of these products in the black market,” Cele said.

He added that the SANDF has confiscated illegal alcohol and cigarettes at SA borders to the value of R1.07 million.