Stopped by Police during lockdown? What to do…

As a result of the national lockdown, the movement of South Africans has become severely restricted and our civil servants have been given more powers during this time, to enforce the regulations of the national state of disaster.

All of this is, of course, necessary and as South Africans, we must respect and adhere to these restrictions.

In terms of the state of disaster regulations, we are permitted to leave our homes under specific circumstances – to buy groceries, medicine and to seek medical treatment. There are also those amongst us, however, who blatantly refuse to adhere to these regulations and these transgressions are clamped down upon by law enforcement.

Should you find yourself being subject to law enforcement checks, you must be extremely mindful that our civil servants have been given strict orders and they therefore have significant power over your freedom, in order to enforce the national state of disaster regulations.

Abuse of this power may become more prevalent as lockdown continues and people attempt to evade the regulations. If you are targeted, you are advised to do the following:

  • Ensure that you are friendly and co-operative with law enforcement (this will get you much further than you realise);
  • Ensure that you are in possession of a clear identification document and a permit where applicable;
  • Try to ensure that you have proof of why you need to be out (perhaps you require groceries, in which case, make a list and keep receipts);
  • Do not wander around in public unnecessarily; and
  • STAY INDOORS unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.

Should you find yourself on the wrong side of the law; you will likely need legal representation to help see you through a quandary with the authorities. At Witz Incorporated, criminal law is one of our firm’s specialisations and we urge you contact us should you need legal assistance.

Our firm remains fully operational and if need be, we are able to represent you during the COVID-19 lockdown.

For the right advice on the legal issues affecting you at this time, contact one of our experts today on +27 11 010 0400 / emergency contact number +27 82 322 3100 or at