newsNews24 reports that the national department of transport is stepping up measures applicable during the 21-day lockdown and has put in place measures to ensure that the regulations, which are aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, are adhered to.  

The additional measures are the deployment of traffic officials in joint operations at boundaries between Mpumalanga and Gauteng, Gauteng and Limpopo, the Free State and Mpumalanga, and Gauteng and the North West; at taxi ranks across the country; and on major freeways, primary routes and secondary routes.  According to a departmental statement, a potentially volatile situation might arise at the closed Lebombo and Beitbridge border posts where passengers have refused to turn back.  In respect of taxis, the statement indicated:  "Traffic law enforcement had to close the entrance to Bara taxi rank as some taxi drivers were taking chances after the regulated hours."  Taxis are only allowed to transport people during certain hours in the morning and afternoon and have a passenger limit in the interests of maintaining social distancing.  Only passengers allowed to travel for essential purposes are permitted to use public transport.


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