A tavern owner has been ordered to appear before the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court next month after a video of a group of patrons allegedly breaking lockdown regulations at his venue, went viral on social media on this week.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, said police in Jouberton acted swiftly after the video circulated on social media platforms displaying what looked like more than 50 patrons breaking lockdown regulations at the tavern just outside Klerksdorp on Wednesday.
In the video, people are seen, some with their masks on their chins, holding up bottles of alcohol and dancing.
Following the circulation of the video, Mokgwabone said the 54-year-old man was issued with a notice to appear before the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 28 September 2020 for contravening Regulation 14(6) read with 5(2)(b) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002).
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“He may also elect to pay an admission of guilt fine of R2000 payable on or before 7 September 2020,” Mokgwabone said.
Police have once again urged members of the public and business owners to ensure strict compliance with the general measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 as stipulated in the lockdown regulations, including the mandatory wearing of cloth face masks and social distancing.
As per level 2 regulations, while the sale of alcohol is permitted at all liquor outlets, the number of guests, at any time, remains limited to prevent the spread of the virus.