Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Health MEC Bandile Masuku assessed the compliance of level four lockdown regulations at Soshanguve Crossing mall in Pritoria north on Wednesday. The unannounced visit to the mall was prompted by allegations of non-compliance with lockdown regulations.
Accompanied by his delegation, Makhura visited the mall to observe whether it complied with regulations of social distancing as laid down by the government.
“We chose to come to Soshanguve guided by the level of infections. We want to communicate to the people of Soshanguve that COVID-19 is here, is not something for some people, is not something for some places, it is here,” said Makhura.
Meanwhile workers at stores, visited by the Premier and his delegation were also adhering to the need to wear facemasks.
“We are satisfied with the level of adherence to the lockdown regulations and we are also satisfied that all the shops open here are selling all the goods that are supposed to be sold in level 4 lockdown” said Makhura.
The Premier expressed satisfaction that prices of goods had not been escalated as has been reported in other areas around Pretoria.
“We are also satisfied with the prices as there were complaints with price escalations. We have also checked the food. There is no rotten or expired food that is being sold here,” said Makhura.
Premier Makhura said the provincial government will also visit places that have high numbers of COVID-19 infections.
“We have to make sure that we take steps to protect our people. COVID-19 is not about to go, we are in this for a very long time, we can win if we work together.” said Makhura.