Western Cape taxi drivers breaking lockdown regulations to get to the Eastern Cape have been issued a stern warning. That’s after over 100 taxis travelling this route were stopped in Aberdeen.

Some passengers didn’t have the correct travel permits while a number of taxis were overloaded.

The Western Cape’s Minister for Transport, Bonginkosi Madikizela, says offenders must be dealt with.

“The public must take responsibility here. We have communicated and publicized the regulations far and wide. People know that they may not get into a vehicle where there are already more than 70% of passengers. But the punishment must be on those drivers and maybe owners, knowing very well that they are breaking the law.”

City of Johannesburg enforces compliance

Meanwhile, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Geoffrey Makhubo, has joined the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department at a stop and verify roadblock aimed at checking the compliance of Motorists with the regulations pronounced by the President under the National State of Disaster.

SABC News reporter, Thabiso Sithole reports in the video below:

Makhubo says the majority of COVID-19 cases in Gauteng are in Johannesburg. He says this confirms that as the City they have to enforce compliance in an effort to avoid the spread of the virus.

He says so far more than 20 people have been arrested for contravening the regulations.

“I am worried about it. But we are preparing for the pick. I don’t think we have reached the peak yet, but we are trying to prevent us from getting there. In order to do that we need to stay home.

“We have to self-quarantine. We have to self-isolate. Of course, there are difficult areas like informal settlements. There are difficult areas like defomalising areas like Diepsloot, down the road here, but have to enforce the law. We got no choice.