GARDEN ROUTE NEWS AND VIDEOS - Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, is visiting beaches in the Southern Cape today, Wednesday 6 January to make sure everyone heeds the Covid-19 regulations.
It is the second day of his two-day visit to the Western Cape coastal areas. Cele paid a visit to the West coast on Tuesday 5 January.
Leading a police management delegation, Cele’s first stop was at Herold’s Bay this morning. Cele had a friendly chat with some visitors on the sidewalk next to the beach, talking about the nice weather and enjoying the sea from a safe distance. “I also enjoy the beach, but this year I didn’t take a swim,” he was heard saying to one of the visitors.
The entourage then continued in the direction of Mossel Bay with visits to Hartenbos beach, Diaz and Santos beaches. The rest of the program allows for afternoon visits to Victoria Bay, the NSRI beach at Wilderness and traveling down the coast line for a stop at Leisure Isle lagoon and Plettenberg Bay Central Beach.
The aim of the visit is to ensure maximum compliance to adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations through community awareness engagements and on-site monitoring of adherence to Covid-19 regulations at coastal areas and beaches.
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The video below was taken by Herold's Bay resident, Erika Kok:
Arrests and rooibos
Cele said if needed, arrests will be made: “Yesterday, at the West Coast, we did arrest some beach goers and surfers. It is important that people don’t visit places they are not supposed to visit,” he said during a media briefing this morning at the police’s Southern Cape Cluster Office in Plantation Road. “We are also keeping a keen eye on restaurants. We hear that some restaurants serve alcoholic beverages in teapots. Teapots are for rooibos,” said Cele.
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