Limpopo taxis impounded during lockdown

Limpopo taxis impounded during lockdown

Ten taxis have been impounded in Limpopo for continuing to operate during the national lockdown.

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Steve Bhengu

Traffic and police officials were out in full force on Friday in a bid to clamp down on unauthorised activities around the province.


Last week President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a lockdown, in a bid to curb the rapid spread of Covid-19, which would see most South Africans confined to their homes for at least 21 days.


Ramaphosa gave marching orders for police to lock up anyone found disobeying lockdown regulations.


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Spokesperson for the provincial Department of Transport and Community Safety Matome Moremi says it’s not business as usual.

“The MEC for Transport and Community Safety Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya is concerned about reports that she has been receiving from concerned members of the community where people continue to behave as things are as normal as yesterday. We are in a lockdown for 21 days, anyone found in the street must be an essential worker or somebody who is going to buy groceries.”

Moremi says the drivers of the impounded taxis will be prosecuted.

Law enforcement will also continue monitor a number of hot-spots around the province.

“If we find anyone to be roaming the streets just for the fun of it, those people will be arrested immediately,” Moremi adds.

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