As the country moved from Level 5 to Level 4 lockdown, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, announced that people were permitted to return to their place of residence or province where they work from May 1 to May 7, 2020.
However today is the last day for Inter-provincial movement of people and by midnight, regulations of non-mevement from one province to another will no longer be allowed.
Most citizens seemed to have heeded rhe call and therefore there has been large increases of traffic volumes on some major routes around the country.
Most citizens are using this last opportunity to move to their place of work before the inter-provincial travel ban is implemented again as per the level 4 regulation requirements of the National Disaster Management Plan.
As the 7-day window priod expires today, traffic officials together with SAPS officers will continue to patrol the country’s roads and ensure that road users adhere to lockdown regulations.
The Minister of transport added that people travelling across provinces during the seven day window period would not be expected to produce any permits.This included people who were stuck in other provinces or areas when government introduced the national lockdown.
Minister Dlamini-Zuma said that the purpose of these directions is to regulate the once-off movement of persons who were not at their place of residence or work before the lockdown period and who could not travel between provinces, metropolitan and district areas during the lockdown, and are permitted in terms of regulation 16(5), on a once-off basis, to return to their places of residence or work.
However the Minister of transport said that removal companies were still prohibited from working under level 4 regulations and therefore noone was allowed to move from one house to another.
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