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'Funeral permits' to be verified for EC exodus

The Aberdeen route is backed up with hundreds of taxis.

By Khuthala Nandipha 

Hundreds of people will be sent back to where they came from, as a massive fleet of taxis tries to cross into the Eastern Cape border, despite lockdown regulations, on Friday morning.

As early as 8am on Easter Friday, taxis from the Western Cape were caught in a roadblock on the R61, in Aberdeen and at different entry points around the province. The majority of the passengers produced permits to attend funerals this weekend, mostly in the former Transkei region.

"We will have to verify every permit and allow the legitimate ones in. Everyone else will be sent back. It is hard to believe that all those people are attending funerals on the Easter weekend. Unlikely," said Transport spokesperson, Unathi Binqose.

The MEC for Transport and provincial police Commissioner, who rushed to the Aberdeen entry point by 10am, questioned their colleagues in the Western Cape for allowing taxis to pass from district to district, covering over 700km only to be caught in the Eastern Cape.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele, who is in the province, is expected to make strong decisions. Luckily he is accompanied by Police Deputy, Cassel Mathale and National Commissioner, Kehla Stoke. They were already here to assess compliance on Covid-19 regulations.

"The law will be enforced. People must respect the restrictions set to fight an outbreak. Our colleagues must apply the law," said Binqose.

The roadblock in Aberdeen is packing up every hour.

This is a developing story.


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