KNYSNSA NEWS - Knysna residents are among the 17 200 people arrested nationally since the start of the lockdown up to 31 March for breaking the lockdown regulations.
This was confirmed by Knysna police spokesperson Captain Malcom Pojie over the weekend.
Pojie said he cannot divulge how many people were arrested.
"As the local spokesperson we are not allowed to comment on the arrests regarding the coronavirus. Communication is centralised to the national office. You can contact national police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, he is the one responsible for communication regarding the coronavirus related arrests," Pojie said.
On Friday afternoon, pictures and a video of soldiers walking around Knysna were circulating on social media with people warning each other that the soldiers were in town. A video seen by Knysna-Plett Herald (KPH) had people lying on the ground at the Knysna taxi rank with soldiers and police around them.
Naidoo confirmed that there were people arrested in Knysna for contravening the lockdown laws. "I cannot say the number as we will release the local numbers at the end of the lockdown, but there are 17 200 people arrested nationally since the start of the lockdown up to 31 March. People are not complying with the law knowing that this is a life and death situation," he said.
He added that they are trying to save the lives of South Africans who are sitting at home and if there are people who are not complying with the law, they will arrest them. "The majority of the people that are not complying are young and educated people while the old and vulnerable are sitting at home." He said if what is happening in other countries happens to South Africa, where the majority of people do not have access to health, South Africa will be in a worse situation.
Knysna Taxi Association secretary Abongile Mboniswa said he has seen videos of the soldiers but that no one from the association has complained about their behaviour. "We are hoping to work well with them during this difficult time," he said.
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