- ... as the number of people arrested since March last year for lockdown violation has hit 400,000.
By Nompumelelo Sibanda
BULAWAYO. – Police here have arrested ten local residents who were found hosting a vuzu party in the high density suburb of Emgamwini.
Vuzu parties are gatherings of mostly teenagers without adult supervision in private spaces for purposes of binge drinking, drug abuse and engaging in risky illicit sex.
Police swooped on the partying crew on Saturday and recovered an empty cooler box as well as bottles of whiskey, as the number of people arrested since March last year for lockdown violation has hit 400,000.
Police national spokesperson Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest and urged members of the public to comply with the measures put in place by the Government to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The ZRP is warning members of the public against vuzu parties and breaking lockdown regulations. On 6 February, 10 people were arrested for holding a vuzu party at Emganwini suburbs, Bulawayo.
“At the time of arrest, a cooler box and empty bottles of 750mls blended whisky were recovered,” said Nyathi.
He added that the daily arrests for COVID-19 violations now averaged 3,500. Most of those arrested were in violation of movement restrictions.
“The ZRP confirms that on 05/02/21, 3 459 people were arrested for COVID-19 related contraventions, on 06/02/21, 3 643 people were arrested for COVID-19 related breaches and on 07/02/21, 2 848 people were arrested for COVID-19 related infringements.
“Since the onset of the national lockdown on 30/03/2020, a cumulative total of 403 544 people have been arrested for violating national lockdown measures. Most of those arrested were in violation of movement restrictions.
“Members of the public are advised to comply with the measures put in place by the Government to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nyathi.
Zimbabwe is currently in the second week of a two week lockdown extension which expires on 15th February. The county recorded 10 more COVID-19 deaths and 65 new cases in the last 24 hours with statistics showing a downward trend in the impact of the global pandemic.
The 10 deaths were recorded in Harare, Manicaland and Masvingo provinces. Of the new cases, 25 were recorded in Harare.
While cases of the coronavirus have been steadily dropping, experts have warned against dropping the guard as the virus could mutate and come back in a much more devastating third wave. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺