Two people with the new coronavirus have been charged with “Attempted murder” in South Africa for not respecting their two-week quarantine, announced, Wednesday, March 25, the Minister of Police, Bekhi Cele.
The Covid-19 epidemic is spreading very quickly in South Africa, the country on the African continent most affected. The Minister of Health on Wednesday identified 709 confirmed cases, against 554 twenty-four hours earlier. In the province of KwaZulu-Natal (north), “Two people have been charged with attempted murder for moving after being told not to”said Cele at a press conference.
“It’s not a joke”
A 52-year-old man, recently returned from abroad and tested positive for Covid-19, “Continued to work in his hair salon”, police spokesman Vish Naidoo said. A list of 27 people he has had contact with, in the living room and at a wedding, is being compiled so that they can be tested.
In the second case, a tourist, who tested positive while on vacation in Kruger National Park (northeast), ignored orders to stay at his hotel and went to Saint Lucia (northeast). ) “Where he apparently interacted with an unknown number of people”, said Vish Naidoo. The two suspects are currently being treated at the hospital. “It’s not a joke when we say that the law will be very tough”, said the Minister of Police.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday ordered a three-week confinement over the entire South African territory which is due to start on Friday. “There must be no displacement”, except to buy food, to go to the pharmacy or to a medical appointment, insisted Bekhi Cele. Violators face up to six months in prison and a fine, or both, he said.