Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has condemned young people who were captured on camera partying and disobeying lockdown regulations early this week. This comes after videos of motorists and passengers dancing to loud music along the R80 Mabopne highway in Pretoria went viral this week.
In one video, a large number of young people parked on the roadside and medians, seemingly drinking and partying and having a good time. Passing motorists opened their windows to record the action along the stretch of road. The second video showed the group holding bottles of liquor. They were not wearing masks and were shouting and playing loud music from their cars.
Mbalula said that he was disappointed by the behaviour of the group which blocked the road with vehicles to drink and party in defiance of safety protocols.
“We are equally appalled by video clips of disgraceful behaviour by young people, in what is referred to as a ’dinho convoy’ along the R80 Mabopane Highway into the Daspoort tunnel, who were partying, drinking and blocking the road in large numbers,”
“These dastardly acts invariably end in tragedy. This conduct is unacceptable, and our law enforcement authorities will show no mercy towards people who turn our roads into party spots and disregard either the rules of the road or the Covid-19 regulations.” he said.