Police Minister Bheki Cele has raised concerns about people who do not wear masks and fail to adhere to Covid-19 regulations, saying more resources will be deployed to ensure compliance in the Western Cape.
Cele spoke to the media after addressing a police parade in Bellville, while on a two-day “Safer Festive Season” inspection tour.
“Our job is to work on the crime situation and this time we are pushing our operation and moving to different communities to see their situations. We started in Gugulethu and the mall managers told us that they could see the decline in crime.
“There is a uptick in coronavirus. I was in Bellville and in Dunoon and when you come to malls there is compliance, but when you get outside the non-compliance is very high,” Cele told Cape Argus.
The police minister inspected Bellville taxi rank, Long Street and Rands in Khayelitsha on Thursday and Friday last week.
He said police would be on standby to enforce the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Cape Argus quoted spokesperson for the minister, Lirandzu Themba saying: “He (Cele) found that there was some level of compliance when it came to establishments such as Rands and in Long Street. The minister raised concerns around people in some areas he visited who simply didn’t bother to wear their masks despite them having masks in their pockets.”
Cele’s visit comes after growing concern of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases reported in Cape Town and Garden Route.
Western Cape provincial government officials have urged compliance to Covid-19 regulations in light of the second wave of infections, especially as the festive holiday season approaches.