MAMONE – Amid controversies over the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCC) ‘s recent decision to lift the much talked about suspension of the, distribution, dispensing and sale of liquor in the country, the paper took to streets to get reactions of citizens in Sekhukhune District.
In Leeuwfontein outside Marble Hall, residents said that it was a great decision by the DCC to open up the industry; however they questioned government’s preparedness on the monitoring of licensed outlets’ compliance with the COVID-19 regulations, under the current level 2 alert level as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 15 August 2020.
“There is a serious problem of government, law enforcement agencies’ visibility in the entire area. You go town in a taxi, in which 80 percent of the passengers on board, including a driver, are not wearing their face-mask.
One would expect that the traffic police on the side of the road will stop the driver and issue a fine, because, standing on the site of the road they cannot mistake a face-mask-wearing person or not. Some are even drinking in these taxis, alcohol, if the officers in charge can start taking responsibility all this nonsense would not be experienced,” said a resident who did not want their name published in the paper.
Various incidents were reported to have occurred across Limpopo province and the country since the President’s announcement of the country’s movement to alert level 2 of the country’s lockdown. The country was put under lockdown of the National Disaster Management Act since late March 2020 following the rapid of COVID-19 infections spread.
Recently, over the past weekend, two people died during a head-on collision between a bus and a bakkie on the R579 Road at Mamone Village outside Jane Furse in Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality.
Mike Maringa, Limpopo Department of Transport and Community Safety’s spokesperson, said the driver of the bakkie overtook another vehicle on a barrier line and collided with an oncoming bus.
“The driver of the bakkie and the passenger were certified dead on the scene. The driver of the bus and three passengers escaped with minor injuries,” informed Maringa.