The North West government says it is implementing several interventions to assist those most affected by the 21-day nationwide lockdown.
Social Development MEC Boitumelo Moiloa says the department is assisting centres and families that are unable to access essential services, including learners who rely on the School Nutrition Programme for food.
Moiloa says, “We have started in Mahikeng, even in Rustenburg – there are those centres that we are going to visit to say that even though kids are no-longer coming, give us the list of those kids and their homes so that we can go to their home addresses and say now that your kids can no longer go there, it means you must stay home, here is food – cook for your kid or whoever is in the family that needs to get that.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Development has urged beneficiaries whose grants are deposited into a personal bank account to avoid going to withdraw their money, as it is safe in their accounts.
Social grant beneficiaries in Mpumalanga have called on authorities to help enforce measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 at pay-points.
In the video below, beneficiaries voice their frustrations:
2000 arrested for lockdown non-compliance
Police Minister, Bheki Cele, says 2000 people have been arrested across the country for non-compliance with the lockdown regulations since Friday.
Cele accompanied by his Deputy and National Police Commissioner visited different pension pay-points in the KwaMashu and Inanda townships, north of Durban.
Long queues and lack of social distancing were seen outside some collection points as thousands of beneficiaries flocked to collect their social grants.
Cele says police have been forced to ensure compliance.
“It’s the fourth day today. So, it is something new. It’s something that people themselves are geared on that matter. It is both persuasion and a little bit of a push towards the proper direction. It is unfortunate that the number of people that we are arrested is going up. Yesterday, we had 227 incidents. Out of those, nationally, we have arrested 1108. We would not wish to arrest so many people. But in three days, we arrested 1108; Western Cape 255 alone. We will continue to do that to nudge them towards compliance. But it will be better if people are listening and complying, but we will push them when the need comes to respect the law. The regulations that are there. They must be respected.”