Wearing a mask is now compulsory
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday evening that wearing a cloth mask in public is now compulsory.
Cloth masks have played a huge role in delaying the spread of corona virus.
Speaking on a press briefing, Minister of Justice, Ronald Lamola said a person who is not wearing a mask will be found guilty by the court of law and have criminal record. Lamola said they will be charged with contravention of regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act.
“There could be a time where magistrate choose an imprisonment because it either six months or the option of a fine, the magistrate will choose which one is appropriate sentence under the circumstances,” he added.
Siphesihle Zungu who owns a tuck shop said she was glad of a criminal record awaiting those who do not wear cloth masks, her customers find it insulting when you tell them to wear masks. They say they will buy somewhere else instead.
“They do not understand the importance of wearing a mask in public, I agree that my shop is not fancy hence it’s a tuck shop but they should abide by the rules that are put in place,” she added.