Hillbrow on New 12 months’s Eve is often a hive of exercise, coupled with flying projectiles from balconies, besides when there’s a pandemic, as Each day Maverick found after spending the evening with the SAPS implementing Lockdown Stage 3 rules.
The streets of Hillbrow had been eerily quiet on New 12 months’s Eve save for the occasional homeless individual and the flashing lights of police autos on patrol.
Revellers seeing out 2020 stayed safely off the streets selecting as a substitute to shout festive needs from their balconies because the clock struck midnight.
Fireworks went off and police armed with shotguns had been on alert as they saved a watchful eye on the residents. A number of gunshots had been heard going off amidst the sounds of the fireworks. Just a few streets gave proof that individuals had thrown issues off their balconies however all in all, it was a quiet night in Hillbrow.
“The day continues to be very younger however the boots are nonetheless on the bottom, and we are going to proceed till the early hours of the morning.” These had been the phrases of Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant Common Elias Mawela as he addressed members of the media in Hillbrow, shortly after midnight.
Mawela commented, “Right here in Hillbrow, to me, to date. Mission is completed. What’s it that we wished to realize? Peace, concord and folks having fun with themselves with out being violent. Up to now we’ve got achieved that. We didn’t have any battle with the folks. We want that the folks can proceed to behave within the method during which they’re behaving in order that we don’t have pointless fatalities.”
Earlier on and forward of the 9pm curfew, Mawela, along with MEC for Group Security Religion Mazibuko and different excessive rating officers visited roadblocks in Woodmead and Fourways. Operation O Kae Molao/Safer Festive Season Operation noticed the arrests of a number of folks for contravening the Covid-19 Stage 3 lockdown rules.
In Woodmead, automobiles stood lined up after being pulled over. Folks and automobiles had been looked for alcohol, contraband and weapons. Just a few alcohol arrests had been made.
Some motorists had been unaware of the roadblock forward of them as site visitors piled up on William Nicol Highway in Fourways. A number of had been curious as to why site visitors had backed up whereas others had been involved that being caught within the roadblock meant they’d be breaking the curfew. A number of folks had been arrested for alcohol-related offences whereas one was arrested for contravening the arms and ammunition act after police discovered a considerable amount of ammunition in his boot. By 9.20pm the exercise on the roadblock had quieted down and the quantity of automobiles on the highway had dropped considerably.
In the meantime on New 12 months’s morning, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital reported on its Fb web page that for the primary time in its historical past, there have been no sufferers in its trauma rescue space. The publish displayed 4 photos of empty beds of their trauma unit.
A press release issued by the SAPS, volumes of alcohol had been confiscated in numerous incidents round Soweto. Folks ingesting on the streets deserted their alcohol and fled when police patrols approached them.
The assertion additionally reported that about 280 arrests had been made within the JHB District, which incorporates JHB North, Hillbrow, JHB Central and Soweto. Of the 280, 218 folks had been arrested for contravention of the Catastrophe Administration Act. A majority of the arrests had been for breaking curfew, transporting and dealing in alcohol and failure to put on a masks in a public house.
Different arrests had been for possession of medication, ingesting in public, possession of a suspected stolen car, possession of a hijacked car and possession of a hijacked trailer. DM