Law enforcement officials were in place to enforce the lockdown restrictions at the stroke of midnight.
In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 South Africans are going through a 21-day lockdown.
The country's infection rate as reached 927 and with the exception of those working in essential services or people needing to purchase emergency suppliers, no one is allowed to be on the streets throughout these 21 days.
EWN reporter Ahmed Kajee was in the Johannesburg CBD when the lockdown began and he joins Bongani Bingwa to give more insight on what happening.
Police were patrolling just to ensure that people were making their way to their households. Police were also pulling over vehicles that were making their way back home and just interrogating the drivers as to why they were not in their households.— Ahmed Kajee, Reporter - EWN
#LockDownEve #SAlockdown For a full video on the police's operations on Friday morning in the Johannesburg CBD visit https://t.co/ySziGJ8lr0 or follow the link below: https://t.co/FkKPaj0y2e pic.twitter.com/jxh90ZDcPY— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 27, 2020
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