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Break these lockdown rules and you can expect a R5,000 fine

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Anyone who breaks the lockdown regulations could be liable for an admission of guilt fine of as much as R5,000.

The judiciary has released a list of charges under the Disaster Management Act, accompanied by fines attached to each of them.

Nathi Mncube, spokesperson for the office of the chief justice, said the fines were determined by chief magistrates in consultation with other stakeholders, including the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act.

“The section provides that a magistrate of the district may make determination of amounts of admissions of guilt fines in respect certain offences,” said Mncube.

The following offences will attract a R5,000 fine:

  • disclosing information contained in the Covid-19 tracing database, or information obtained during contact tracing;
  • failure to “de-identify” or destroy information on the Covid-19 database six weeks after state of disaster has ended;
  • making of intentional misrepresentation that any person is infected with Covid-19;
  • publishing of any statement to deceive any other person about Covid-19;
  • intentionally exposing another person to Covid-19;the sale of liquor;
  • the sale of tobacco;
  • illegal gathering at public places;
  • hindering a member of the police or SANDF from performing their duties.

According to the list of offences, a person will be liable for R1,000 fine if they:

  • are outside their residence between 8pm and 5am without a permit to perform essential work or permitted services, or attending to a security or medical emergency; or
  • fail to comply with the prohibition on movement between provinces.

The sale of goods that are not allowed to be sold during the lockdown will attract a R2,000 fine.

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Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news

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Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.

Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.

Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.

Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.

She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.

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Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in

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Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.

Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.

He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.

Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.

“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.

Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

This is a developing story.

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Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video

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The eThekwini Municipality has sent out a warning to residents against collecting and consuming dead fish and crayfish that have washed up on the beaches of Umhlanga and Umdloti, north of Durban.

The public has been asked to refrain from fishing, surfing and swimming on the beaches after a video of the dead fish on the beaches emerged on social media.

The municipality said it was investigating what caused the marine life to die.

“It is considered serious and can affect one’s health if collected and consumed.”

According to reports, run-off water and chemicals reached the ocean through storm water drains after firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical plant at Cornubia started by looters on Tuesday.

WATCH | Outrage after several monkeys and dog poisoned in Umdloti

“The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, bait collection and picking up of dead species in this area,” said the municipality.

“Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in the area is temporarily prohibited until the cause is determined and the threat has abated.

“Authorities are investigating the source of the pollution and cleanup companies are trying to contain the spill.”

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