Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi confirmed Ngarivhume’s arrest yesterday allegedly for transgressing provisions of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi told the Daily News at the weekend that authorities would use security forces and the courts to deal with the protesters.
“If you look at the Public Health Act that was used by the president to pronounce a state of public emergency … once that is declared it means certain fundamental rights will be limited in that regard.“It’s a justifiable limitation of a right. Now you find certain individuals … pursuing their agenda of demonstrating in the middle of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.“If you try to analyse that thinking, you then realise that the agenda is to make sure that our people die … and hence it is something that cannot be tolerated,” Ziyambi said.
“Going forward you will hear the president making pronouncements, but our security forces … are on high alert to ensure that any terrorist activity will be dealt with accordingly.“Anyone who goes into the streets against that advice is equivalent to a terrorist … so that we can deal with them accordingly.“All information has been put in the public domain to say that this pandemic is serious … Anyone who then disregards those regulations and exposes people to danger in that manner I don’t see any reason why we cannot find a law that we can use in terms of terrorism activity to deal with those individuals,” Ziyambi also said.