230,000 charged for lockdown breaches, large drop involved crimes, says Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele briefed the media on the degrees of compliance with the nation’s lockdown laws on Friday.

FILE: Police Minister Bheki Cele. Image: Abigail Javier/EWN

PRETORIA – Police Minister Bheki Cele stated that greater than 230,000 thousand people had been charged for lockdown breaches thus far.

The minister was briefing the media on the degrees of compliance with the nation’s lockdown laws on Friday.

Cele stated that on the finish of April, whereas on degree 5 there have been 107,000 complaints to the police and 118,000 people charged with contravening laws.

He stated that in a month, this quantity had greater than doubled to about 230,000 for contraventions that included liquor and tobacco-related offenses, in addition to unlawful gatherings amongst others.

“The very best quantity virtually mirrors the provincial an infection charges, with the Western Cape within the lead, adopted by the Jap Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng,” stated Cele.

The minister stated that the arrested individuals have been issued with fines or launched with warnings whereas some have been out on bail and circumstances regarding extra critical offenses have been earlier than the respective courts across the nation.


The police minister stated that for the reason that rest of the lockdown laws to degree 4, the police had famous a slight improve in crimes not associated to lockdown laws.

“In the contact crimes, we will compare that same period last year or outside lockdown and inside the lockdown. For instance, 26 March 2019 to 27 March 2020 we had murder which was 2,790, but under lockdown it’s 1,072.”

The lockdown restrictions had introduced on a slight improve in crime.

Different crimes and the drop in figures:

  • Homicide: 1,898 down (down by 63.9%)

  • Rape: 4,431 down (down by 82.8%)

  • Tried homicide: 1439 down (down by 56%)

  • Assault GBH 17,796 down (down by 80.4%)

  • Theft with aggravating circumstances: 9,427 down (down by 63.6%)

The Police Minister stated that they had famous a rise in hijackings, particularly when in comparison with the primary two weeks of degree 5 to the primary two weeks of degree 4, with Gauteng within the lead.

“Let me take this chance to commend police of the arrest on 19 May 2020 of 4 suspects who’ve been linked to 18 different hijacks, a few of which occurred through the lockdown.”


Minister Cele stated that he would go away it to President Cyril Ramaphosa and Cooperative Governance and Conventional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to make an announcement on the sale of alcohol.

He added that the matter had been mentioned within the nationwide command council conferences.

“I am a member of the NCC, I am not the NCC. The announcement will be made, but Cele doesn’t make an announcement. The president or the minister responsible for the regulations will. Just wait. Ours is to enforce what would have been decided upon.”

On the allegations of there being an enormous improve within the sale of illicit alcohol and tobacco merchandise, Cele stated he needed to know what the measurement was to name the rise “huge”.

He confirmed that there was illicit commerce through the lockdown interval.

“There are big numbers of people that are arrested on that and there are thousands of litres, if not millions, that have been confiscated – that includes illicit cigarettes.”

The minister stated that this downside with the illicit cigarette commerce didn’t begin throughout COVID-19 actions.

“It should not come as if the illicit trade of cigarettes came about because there is COVID-19. Industry, government and law enforcement know we have ongoing work dealing with this problem. This also includes alcohol.”

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