On Sunday 8 November, the ANC Peter Mokaba Region (Ward 14- Polokwane) hosted their Siyanqoba Rally at the Luthuli 9L Sports Grounds in Polokwane.
The event was advertised on the ANC Peter Mokaba Region Facebook public group. The group member who advertised the post encouraged people to attend. He captioned the post: ‘Postpone All Your Commitments, Let’s All Attend This one.’
Neither the poster nor the Facebook posts advertising the event indicated that any of the Covid-19 regulations would apply.
The massive crowd of ANC supporters were entertained by an array of local acts which included Makhadzi, Master KG, Janisto & CK and DJ Mr X.
Basic regulations governing Coronavirus COVID-19 Alert level 1, with regards to social gatherings as laid out by Government reads:
69. (1) Every person, when attending a gathering and in order to limit exposure to COVID-19 must –
(a) wear a face mask;
(b) adhere to all health protocols;
(c) maintain a distance of least one and a half metres from each other; and
(d) adhere to any other health protocols and social distancing measures as provided for in directions issued by the relevant Cabinet member after consultation with the Cabinet member responsible for health.
The safety regulations also call for events to be limited to 500 people.
Images have now surfaced where people attending the rally appear to be in breach of these regulations, in terms of safety and numbers.
The South African reported that in addition to the obvious safety breach, members from the Arts & Entertainment industry who continue to suffer under the regulations are enraged and are looking for answers or a response from the event organisers.
On Monday 2 November, President Ramaphosa gave a stern warning in his weekly newsletter. He stated, “With the festive season approaching, it is critical that we do not become architects of our own undoing.”
It seems that the impending voting season may be posing a higher risk.