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handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that at least 7,000 persons were arrested and charged for not wearing protective masks in public between 27 December and 7 January, earning them criminal records.  

This was revealed by police minister Bheki Cele in an interview on eNCA on Tuesday evening.  During the interview, Cele said 20,116 people were arrested between 27 December, namely the day before lockdown level 3 restrictions came into effect, and 7 January.  Most of the arrests were for liquor offences and non-wearing of masks.  Cele pointed out that wearing of a mask was mandatory and not wearing one was an offence that could result in a criminal record.  “Now we will take you to the police station and we will take your fingerprints.  You choose to pay a fine or you choose to see the magistrate.  Both those processes give you a criminal record and that's what South Africans must be very wary of — that this will immediately give you a criminal record and we know what criminal records do to your life,” he warned.

  • Rad the full original of the report in the above regard by Orrin Singh at TimesLIVE

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