Police Minister, Bheki Cele, says South Africans know what they are supposed to do in order to adhere to the national lockdown, but choose not to comply.
Cele said this in Mahikeng in the North West province on Tuesday, where he - together with his deputy Cassel Mathale and national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole - went to inspect if people are complying with the lockdown restrictions.
The North West is the fourth province the police leadership has visited after the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Cele said during their visits to three provinces, they discovered that people generally flout the rules without any care.
“What we discovered here is that people know what to do, but they seem to be not doing what they are supposed to do. Yesterday we went to Kwa-Mashu. They behaved like people here, they knew what to do, but they didn’t do it,” said Cele.
The Minister added that government needs to do more to educate people.
“Which means we must keep pushing in terms of education. We must push in terms of telling the people what to do and telling them what will be the significance and seriousness of doing things correctly. That is for them personally and also for the nation to be safe,” the Minister said.