By Theodorah Mawasha
MODJADJISKLOOF– Not wearing a face mask in South Africa is officially a criminal offence. On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa stressed that not wearing a mask in public is inconsiderate and will now not be tolerated.
In his address the president said: “We now know that the simplest and most effective way to reduce transmission of the coronavirus is to wear a cloth mask that covers the nose and mouth whenever in public. Until now the owners and managers of shops and public buildings, employers and operators of public transport have had a legal responsibility to ensure that everyone entering their premises or vehicle is wearing a mask.”
Meanwhile, three people have been arrested in Modjadjiskloof plaza, Kgapane, for contravening COVID-19 regulations. It is alleged that the three were spotted with face musks under their chin, not covering the mouth and nose. The police approached them and without further questions, they removed them from the busy shopping center into police nyala’ that was parked nearby. They were then taken to Kgapane police station.