By NONDUDUZO KUNENE | 2020-04-27
NATIONAL Commissioner of Police William Tsitsibala Dlamini announced a full lockdown in Manzini that will start today.
Dlamini made the announcement during a press briefing at Cabinet offices yesterday.
NatCom was detailing how the police will be working during the next two weeks.
He said it was common knowledge that Manzini was slowly becoming a COVID-19 epicentre in the country.
Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the region, Dlamini said Manzini city and surroundings areas would be on lockdown starting from today.
He said this means movements of people within Manzini and those coming to Manzini shall be very restricted.
“The public is advised that anyone who travels to Manzini will be turned back,” he said. He added that there would be no market in Manzini starting from today.
Dlamini said the decision to turn back people to their places of abode would apply to all places across the country. He appealed to Emaswati to stay at home to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“There shall be no unnecessary travelling to Manzini,” he said.
To ensure that the full lockdown in the city and surrounding areas is not compromised, Dlamini said Umbutfo Eswatini Defence Force (UEDF) and His Majesty’s Correctional Services (HMCS) would assist the police in enforcing COVID-19 regulations.
Dlamini said the security services would be all over the country increasing visibility to ensure that the public comply.
He added that they would conduct roadblocks at designated areas and places where they would turn back all those who do not present convincing reasons for travelling as it has been well articulated in any other forums.
Dlamini said the three seciruty services would visit business outlets to ensure that those prohibited from operating are closed and those allowed to operate fully comply with the health guidelines as stipulated by the ministry of health.
“We will warn and arrest on the spot everyone who does not adhere to the regulations,” he said.
He also urged public transport operators to comply with the regulations stipulated by the ministries of health and public works and transport.
He further pleaded with members of the security services to refrain from brutality as they ensure that people comply.
Dlamini said the public should report police officers who are violent as they enforce the law as the service does not condone violence.
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