WATCH | Thousands of South Africans living with criminal records after paying lockdown fines

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Earlier this month, Carte Blanche reported on the dilemma of at least 400,000 South Africans who were arrested for offences, ranging from not wearing masks to allegedly breaking curfew from the start of the pandemic until now.

According to the report, many spent time behind bars or paid hefty fines of up to R5000, and several, still, were let go with the option of signing an admission of guilt. At the time, it helped people not spend time in police custody. But in the long run, it’s saddled them with criminal records that are hampering life as they know it – with no indication from the government on whether these might be expunged after the pandemic.

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Watch the full Carte Blanche report presented by journalist, Bongani Bingwa last Sunday and find more trending content, right here.

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