On Saturday night 21 March, many people ignored Social Distancing at both Park Crescent east and – west.
On Sunday, 15 March President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation and implemented certain measures like Social Distancing to try and prevent the spread of the global Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. One of these measures stated that the gathering of more than 100 people would be prohibited and that alcohol may only be consumed inside your home after 18:00.
The people who gathered at the park obviously did not receive the Social Distancing memo or were ignorant because although they were mostly in groups of 10-20 people, the number of people in the park far exceeded 100.
They were also consuming alcoholic beverages and some were even urinating under the trees in the park for all to see. Disgraceful!
At approximately 19:00, members of the Mkhondo SAPS were deployed to the park to disperse the crowd.
Members of the community complained that the SAPS reacted slowly to the situation but, what they don’t understand is that in situations like this, officers have to follow protocol. Some members are out on other calls or at home on standby and have to get back to the station where they then work out a plan as to how to deal with the situation. All of this takes time.
In a situation like this they cannot only send three or four officers, it takes a whole team to act efficiently.
The next time you want to complain about poor service from our local SAPS members, think about the time that they give up with their families, the planning that goes into such an operation and the fact that they are putting their lives at risk, every single day.