BCM: Safety and security operations intensified
By Sinazo Kleinveldt
The Buffalo City Metro safety and security operations are being intensified to ensure that as a Coronavirus hotspot area, the City’s businesses adhere to lockdown regulations.
This approach was evident during Lockdown Level 3, as BCM together with the Department of Labour, Law Enforcement, Department of Health, and other stakeholders conducted a raid on a local butchery in Arnolton, East London. The raid was a result of a social media post that claimed despite an employee testing positive for Covid 19, the employer did not follow the necessary safety and health protocols.
Speaking to the media at the scene of the raid, BCM Spokesperson, Samkelo Ndlovu said, “The aim of the raid and site visit is to follow up on the allegations that we’ve received. Our role as law enforcement as well as the City is to ensure that at all times the National Disaster Management’s Act is followed to the latter.”
Mr Ndlovu stressed that such operations are "not conducted to close down any business" but "to ensure that all businesses comply with the regulations" and that "business continues and people of Buffalo City are protected and served correctly."
Earlier during Lockdown Level 3, six salons were also temporarily closed down for being non-compliant. They, however, were reopened a few days later after they met the safety requirements of basic regulations such as staff wearing masks, customers being screened before they enter the business, and social distancing being followed.
As more businesses begin to operate, BCM calls for businesses to adhere to the regulations and also requests establishments selling alcohol to implement a zero-tolerance when it comes to obeying the rules.
They further call on the people of Buffalo City to not compromise on their safety and alert law enforcement authorities whenever there are transgressions.
The Municipality’s Covid-19 Command Centre also received statistics from the SAPS on executions from 21-24 June 2020:
108 Vehicle Stop and Searches were conducted.
• 227 Persons Searched
• 7 Shopping Malls Visited
• 142 Spaza shops visited
• 42 ATM/Banks Visited
• 3 Mosques Visited
• 160 Liquor outlets Visited (all in compliance)
• 37 Schools visited