A restaurant manager at the popular Michael Collins Irish Pub & Restaurant in Struisbaai in the Western Cape has been fined R1500 for breaking the new curfew by 7 minutes.
The manager had dropped off her staff members and was about a kilometre away from her home at 9:07 pm when she was pulled over for being on the road after the 9 pm curfew.
The 9pm curfew has been gazetted and the rule reads, “every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 21H00 until 04H00 daily, except where a person has been granted a permit, which corresponds with Form 2 of Annexure A, to perform a service permitted under Alert Level 3, or is attending to a security or medical emergency.”
The restaurant management posted the fine on social media which has been shared over 2,00 times.
“Our staff is already working short time and barely making ends meet. With all the government regulations our restaurant is struggling to keep the doors open. Now we have to deal with this!”, it said in the post.
According to the restaurant management, it took the law enforcement officer 2 attempts to fill in the forms and by that time he was done the fine said 21:19 which was not a true reflection of the situation.
Talking to TimesLIVE, the Struisbaai police station spokesperson Warren Erasmus confirmed that the fine was legitimate and the officer was following the law.