A DURBAN man is seething with anger after he was arrested, detained and fined for not wearing a mask while jogging in Avoca, north of Durban, on Sunday.
Asheel Sewsanker, 24, left his residence at 7:30am on Sunday for his day by day jog. When he did not return his household panicked.
A lacking individual alert was despatched out by way of personal safety company Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa).
Sewsanker’s household reported to Rusa that his cellphone was switched off and makes an attempt to find him on the route the place he jogged had been unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, Sewsanker was on the Greenwood Park SAPS for contravening the National Disaster Management Act by not wearing a mask in public. At the tip of January, Police Minister Bheki Cele known as on South Africans to heed the federal government’s name to stick to the adjusted Covid-19 lockdown rules.
He stated 20 000 folks had been arrested and/or fined for contravention of the Act for the reason that begin of the adjusted Level 3 lockdown on December 29, 2020.
Sewsanker informed Independent Media he was a metre from his entrance gate when a police car with two officers inside stopped him. He was loaded into the again of the van and taken away earlier than he might alert anybody at dwelling. He additionally did not have his cellphone.
Three others had been arrested because the police van circled Avoca.
“I was in the police cell for about 20 minutes because the computer system was down. I could not remember my parent’s cell numbers. I had to call my employer to alert my parents. My fingerprints and then a statement was taken.
“I was given an option of a fine or to appear in court. The process took five hours. It was very stressful,” Sewsanker stated.
He paid an act of contrition superb of R1 000.
Cele famous with concern the arrest of seven 455 residents who had been caught not wearing masks in public.
“These arrests were made despite people being told continuously to wear their masks. Wearing a mask is mandatory and people caught without one in public are committing an offence. The wearing of masks is both for your safety and the safety of others around you,” Cele stated.
Cele stated regulation enforcement companies did not get pleasure from making these arrests. He stated law enforcement officials had been left with no alternative however to behave within the curiosity of saving lives. Since the beginning of the nationwide lockdown in March 2020, over 342 000 folks had been arrested for contravening the Act.
In December final year, it grew to become obligatory for members of the general public to put on a mask in all public areas.
At the time, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated: “A person who does not wear a mask covering over their nose and mouth in a public place, would be committing an offence.
“A person who does not wear a mask could be arrested and prosecuted. On conviction, they will be liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 6 months or both a fine and imprisonment.”