Police arrested 19 people on Saturday night for violating the Disaster Management Act by holding a house party.
The group is in the throes after police caught up with them at the house party held at the Six Fountains residential estate in Silverlakes, Pretoria.
“Police have arrested ten women and nine men. The group has been charged with illegal gatherings, failure to confine themselves to their own place of residence and also to possession of alcohol during the state of restriction under the Disaster Management Act, ”says Brig. Vish Naidoo, National Police Chief.
The group ages range from 25 to 35 years.
Col. Police spokesperson Noxolo Kweza says that while it is not illegal to have alcohol in your home, it is illegal to use alcohol in a group at an illegal gathering. “In this case, that gathering was a house party. It is illegal even if it was held at one of the individuals’ homes, ”she says.
Kweza confirmed that everyone in the group, except one, had paid a debt recognition fine of R1 000. “The suspect who did not pay the fine appeared in court on Monday,” she says.
Lebogang Mogaswa pleaded guilty to all charges against him on Monday with his appearance in court. “He was released on R500 bail and will appear in court again on June 22,” Kweza said.
Coenie Bronkhorst, manager of the Six Fountains residential estate, confirmed that management was aware of the incident. “The police assisted us in removing unauthorized visitors to the estate,” he says.
However, Bronkhorst said they were not aware of any arrests Saturday night. “Our security company does not know of any persons arrested.”
Bronkhorst says the estate adheres to the same rules as the government during the block period.
“We abide by the rules of government. That is, no visitors, no parties and no social gatherings. ”
According to the draft document that the government sent out at the beginning of level 4 of the national restriction, visits to friends and family are only allowed in level 2 of the national restriction.