Any person who was not at their place of residence or work prior to the start of the lockdown, and could therefore not travel back to where they needed to be, are now permitted, on a once-off basis, to return to their places of residence or work.
But they only have seven days to do so.
“Those people are now permitted to travel between May 1 and May 7 in line with the regulations.
“Long distance bus and taxi operators are allowed to undertake long distance travel during this window period. Full compliance with the 70% passenger capacity, wearing of masks by all passengers and sanitisation of vehicles at the completion of each journey is a mandatory requirement,” said Fikile Mbalula.
“You cannot move backwards and forwards. It is one-way,” transport department director-general said Alec Moemi on Friday.
He was speaking at a briefing after transport minister Fikile Mbalula outlined the new transport rules under level 4 of the country’s Covid-19 lockdown.
Mbalula said travel between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts would remain prohibited, but there would be concessions made for workers who “have to commute to and from work on a daily basis, attendance of funerals and transportation of mortal remains”.
Traveling permits won’t be needed during this period.