Johannesburg – A cyclist was arrested on Friday morning after defying the national lockdown which came into effect at midnight on Thursday. The man was cycling, which is not classified as an essential movement. In terms of the lockdown, only essential trips such as getting food, seeking medical care or access supplies is permitted.
On Friday morning, the City of Johannesburg tweeted a picture of the man being arrested. The man and his bicycle were placed in the back of a police van. He was cycling on the highway, according to the tweet.
Several people were also arrested on Friday morning for allegedly disregarding the 21-days lockdown rules.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, last week, announced the three-week national lockdown as part of preventative interventions for the coronavirus (Covid-19).
Minister of Police, Bheki Cele also warned that there would be consequences for those who attempt to leave their homes for non-essential purposes.
Spokesperson for the Transport Ministry, Ayanda Allie-Paine confirmed the arrest.
“A male cyclist has been arrested for contravening the Disaster Management Regulation in relation to Covid-19 by cycling on the M1 south freeway near Southgate. The Johannesburg resident told officials that he was attempting to cycle to Cape Town. He has been detained at Mondeor police station,” said Allie-Paine.
Minister representing the Covid-19 National Command Council will update South Africa on the status of the lockdown at 18:00 on Friday.