Ahead of the Easter weekend, during which tomorrow, April 10 and Monday, April 14 are public holidays, the Western Cape Traffic Department has warned citizens not to take chances by travelling during lockdown.

Traffic Department Chief Kenny Africa said that roads are typically busy during this season with high numbers of vehicles moving in and out of the province. Despite the lockdown, officers will still be on the roads and strictly enforce national lockdown rules, according to EWN.

Many traditionally take advantage of the long weekend to visit faraway family, however, this year no one will be excused for being on the road without a valid permit and no exceptions will be made.

“If you do not have a permit, if you are not rendering essential services or are transporting essential goods, stay at home,” Africa said. He also mentioned that traffic officers will set up road blocks to question those on the roads.

“Our borders are closed – at all our borders leading to other provinces we have 24/7 roadblocks, but also within the Western Cape, we have a few 24/7 roadblocks where we stop cars on a minute-by-minute basis.”

Rather than risking spreading the virus or getting fined for breaking the rules, let’s keep flattening the curve and submit to the laws by staying put.

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Anita Froneman