The City of Johannesburg has closed all public facilities amid the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus.
This includes all public swimming pools, recreational and civic centres, stadiums, libraries, sporting facilities and the Johannesburg Zoo.
The Gauteng executive council announced on Wednesday that some of the measures include a requirement that community members apply for permission to hold social gatherings.
On the other hand, in regulations gazetted by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the government also outlined actions that will be taken against those who refuse medical treatment.
Eusebius McKaiser speaks to City of Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo about the regulations.
The offence is contained in the offences part (section 11) of the Regulations issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act pic.twitter.com/6MpoqjRxQg— Emma Sadleir (@EmmaSadleir) March 18, 2020
Please notify your nearest Police Station if you are organizing a wedding, funeral and any other public event. Also ensure that there are no more than 100 people. You do not need permission, but notify the police in your area. #GautengCOVID19— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) March 18, 2020
Because of the history of our country we are generally rebellious. We are going to have a problem in our hands.— Geoff Makhubo, Mayor - City of Johannesburg
Generally, when you put regulations and laws you are driving behaviours underground. People do the same things but they move underground and that poses more of a problem because you can't police what you can't see.— Geoff Makhubo, Mayor - City of Johannesburg
Makhubo says they are appealing to all business owners to work with them to curb the spread of the virus.
We are trying to get all shop owners, tavern owners to cooperate and enforce this because it is in their own interest.— Geoff Makhubo, Mayor - City of Johannesburg
There will be different kinds of policing that will be happening, understand we will be driving this behaviour underground.— Geoff Makhubo, Mayor - City of Johannesburg
He says the City does not have enough personnel for policing all areas but they are doing their best.
We don't have enough personnel to police everywhere, we are looking at different ways of helping on the policing side.— Geoff Makhubo, Mayor - City of Johannesburg
We think if we punish a few severely according to the regulations behaviours will change from other taverns and restaurants.— Geoff Makhubo, Mayor - City of Johannesburg
Listen to the full interview below...