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Govt quietly made not wearing a mask a direct criminal act – ‘reluctantly’, says NDZ – Business Insider

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As of 1 February, failing to wear a mask in public is a direct criminal offence in South Africa, which could come with up to six months in jail.

That represents a significant escalation in the seriousness with which mask-wearing is treated in SA, so much so that the government did not want to take the step, according to co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Yet the change was through such a subtle update to disaster regulations that it went unnoticed, and it went unannounced until Dlamini Zuma filed an affidavit to argue that a restriction on the sale of alcohol had been necessary.

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