South Africans have been warned of a coming second wave of COVID-19 for weeks, and despite this, police in Johannesburg have made several arrests at a number of establishments that were not following health and social distancing protocols.
Bars, shebeens and clubs in Johannesburg were among the establishments that were raided by Police Minister Bheki Cele himself and accompanying law enforcement officials for contravening the Disaster Management Act.
Nightclubs have not yet been given the go-ahead to operate under lockdown level 1, as they are notorious for attracting large crowds of people and often pack them into spaces that are not large enough to sustain adequate social distancing measures.
Police Ministry Spokesperson, Lirandzu Themba, shared a video on Twitter on Sunday, October 25 showing why Blackdoor Lounge in Sandton was shut down by police. In addition to having no liquor license or a manager on duty, the club was packed beyond capacity and no patrons wore masks.
Scenes inside the #Blackdoor lounge in Sandton, It is one of several establishments shutdown by @SAPoliceService in the early hours of this morning for operating after 12h00am and during #Level 1 Lockdown. This club was also packed beyond capacity and many had no masks. pic.twitter.com/uEXNGezNpG
— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) October 25, 2020
“There were almost 300 people, no masks, no social distancing and breaking the law and it tells you that we won’t survive the second wave if it is here. Besides breaking the lockdown law, people are breaking the real law and being here after curfew,” Cele said.