A Member of Parliament representing opposition Alliance of Democrats (AD) Mr. Thuso Litjobo as well as Radio 357 presenter, Relebohile Moyeye have been arrested by the police at the gates of the new parliament building on Friday.
They were both arrested for violating the COVID-19 protocols for not wearing face masks in public during the illegal procession of a group of the youth who demanded to petition the legislature and the executive on high unemployment rate, the national youth policy and gender based violence.
The youth were dispersed by heavily armed police who fired several warning shots in the air to disperse the youth for what the police said was an unlawful procession as the youth failed to process a permit allowing them to march to the parliament building.
Upon his exit from the parliament, Mr. Litjobo saw a group of youth holding placards and went to inquire what was happening, but unfortunately for him he was spotted by the police that he was not wearing the face mask.
The police Officer in charge instructed him, Moyeye and some of the youth who did not have their masks on to go to the police headquarters.
While Moyeye and others were instructed to get into the police van, Mr. Litjobo was only ordered to follow the police van to the police headquarters where they would be formally charged for violating the COVID-19 regulations.
Despite pleas from Mr. Litjobo who had his masks in his car parked by the roadside and later put it on, the police officer was adamant that he had not been wearing his face masks while addressing the youth and therefore would not only be allowed to get into the police van but only to hand himself over to the police.
The youth were forced to retreat and not to block the road leading to the parliament by the police who fired the warning shots in the air to disperse the group, after being given two minutes to vacate the place or else face the might of the law.