First Arrests Made in Lockdown

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According to reports, several people have been arrested for allegedly disregarding South Africa’s lockdown rules which officially kicked in at midnight on Thursday. 

News24 reported that the South African Police Service (SAPS) raided taverns and clubs where people were gathering and drinking in the early hours of Friday morning. 

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a three-week national shutdown as part of strict interventions to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Reportedly not long after the lockdown started, people were still partying in Johannesburg.

On SABC News, footage of a watering hole in Hillbrow was broadcasted, showing the establishment being forced to shut down and several people being taken into custody for violating lockdown regulations.