“We have turned back a lot of vehicles of those who were trying to go to neighbouring provinces without permits. They were issued fines and sent back,” he said.
In many of these cases, he said officers had found drugs, liquor and unlicensed firearms.
Joburg metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said officers in Johannesburg had recovered stolen and hijacked vehicles during the roadblocks.
In the second week of the lockdown, the number of cars stopped at roadblocks across the country nearly doubled, from 17,559 to 29,738.
Earlier this week, a man was arrested at a roadblock in Gauteng when he attempted to “smuggle” his girlfriend to Mpumalanga. A man was also caught in possession of a SANDF uniform in a JMPD check on Wednesday.
A traffic official and an SANDF member were killed at roadblocks in Gauteng.