Scores of people have been arrested in Jozini and Ndumo, in KwaZulu-Natal, for not wearing masks when traveling to the cities.
According to the country’s COVID-19 regulations, a person found guilty of not wearing a mask faces six months in jail or up to R1 500 fine.
In December, a Pietermaritzburg court also issued a law, which stipulates a R300 fine for failure to wear a mask in public, R1 500 for breaking the 9PM-6AM curfew and businesses that close later than 8PM or are overcrowded will pay R3 000.
The adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations are part of government’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of more than a million South Africans.
Jozini Mayor Delani Mabika says the police and the army will continue to crack down on towns under the jurisdiction of the municipality.
These include Jozini, Ngwavuma, Bhambanana, Ndumo and Mkhuze.
On Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal recorded 132 COVID-19 related fatalities.
The province has a total number of 236 177 coronavirus infections and 5 002 deaths.
Umgungundlovu, Ugu, Harry Gwala, King Cetshwayo and Ilembe are the hardest hit areas in the province. – Report by Mnqobi Ngwenya, a Maputaland 107.6 Fm Journalist.