Government to fine people not wearing face masks

Health/ 07 May 2020, 06:46am / The Insider Reporter

 Karat 3-Ply Face Mask with Elastic Ear Loop: Image supplied 

Bloemfontein: Government has warned that it will fine those found in public without wearing a face mask. It is now compulsory for all South Africans to wear a mask under stage-four lockdown regulations.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says no person is allowed to use public transport without wearing a mask.

Durban-based attorney Theasen Pillay says, “My advice to anyone is from the time you leave home, put on a mask. Regardless of where you are going, in whatever mode [of transport] you are travelling in. If you are at work, if you are in public in any forum, until the time that you return [home], keep the mask on.”

“It will not only remove the risk of a very hefty fine, but it will drastically reduce the chance of infection, which is ultimately the goal of this entire proceedings and our lifestyle currently.”

Social distancing remains a concern

Long queues have again marred payment of social grants to pensioners and people with disabilities in Mpumalanga.

Social distancing is still a challenge at some pay-points.

In North West, community members still seem dismissive of the risk.

Some Mahikeng residents say masks or social distancing are unnecessary, as no cases have been reported in their area.




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