KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says more than 40 000 vehicles were stopped at 355 roadblocks between 4-7 May in the province, resulting in more than 1 000 people being arrested.

During these roadblocks, 40 088 vehicles were stopped and 87 507 people were searched, Zikalala said.

It led to the arrest of 1 182 people, while 450 admission of guilt fines were issued.

Meanwhile, 2 744 liquor and business inspections were conducted and 155 non-compliant sites identified.

Zikalala warned that private firms contravening lockdown regulations will “feel the heat” of the army and police.

Appeal to the public

Zikalala said he was aware that many people were not following lockdown regulations, and he encouraged those who might be prone to infection to take extra precautions.

Speaking at a media briefing broadcast live on Sunday, Zikalala called on the elderly, those who live with elderly people, and those who have pre-existing medical conditions, to take extra precautions in physical distancing and hygiene practices.

He said the majority of the 43 deaths in the province were elderly people, and people with comorbidities.

He stressed that all citizens should abide by the lockdown.