Police arrests two after a funeral for violating COVID-19 rules

Two individuals have been arrested by the Gauteng Police after a burial ceremony at Pretoria.

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Gauteng police had made it identified to the individuals earlier that they’re able to arrest those who attend a funeral that has greater than 50 individuals current as stipulated by the Catastrophe Administration Act (DMA).

Final week, police arrested a 33-year-old girl from Mabopane. Close to Pretoria.

“On July 18 2020, police traced and arrested a 33-year-old girl in Mabopane after she appeared in a video clip clearly contravening the DMA rules, and daring police to ‘stand apart and go away them to bury the deceased throughout a funeral that passed off on July  17 2020 in Soshanguve,” stated Brig Mathapelo Peters.

Peters stated that a lot of video clips associated to the identical funeral service had been circulating throughout social media and it confirmed that the numbers of those who had been current on the funeral exceeded 50.

The girl is scheduled to seem within the Soshanguve magisterate’s court docket on September 3.

A relative of the deceased was additionally arrested for organizing the ceremony with out making certain that the mourners adhered to the brand new regulation. The case was postponed to August 24.

The appearing police commissioner for Gauteng, Maj-Gen Johan Ndlovu emphasised that the rules had been established to guard the individuals.

“The Covid-19 pandemic, and other people shedding their lives to the virus, is not any joke. Anybody who intentionally flouts the rules exposes these round them to a excessive threat of contracting the coronavirus,” Ndlovu stated.

“Mourners who don’t fall throughout the record of individuals permitted to attend funerals through the lockdown place an pointless additional burden on the grieving household, who deserve the house to present their family members a dignified send-off with out the added accountability of making certain compliance to rules through the funeral,” he stated.