A father was arrested for breaking the curfew after leaving home to buy some milk for his newborn baby.
Under coronavirus lockdown rules, South Africa has a nightly curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
A father reportedly rushed to buy formula at 1 a.m. because his two-day-old baby was having trouble breastfeeding.
The father, who was not named, went to a pharmacy in a hospital on Friday to buy the milk.
He was stopped by the police about 550 meters from home and arrested for violating the curfew.
The officers did not let him deliver the formula before taking him to jail. Fox 5 reports.
The baby’s mother had to take her newborn out in the middle of the night to pick it up.
The father was released later that day and is due to appear in court next week.
An investigation into the incident has begun.
The incident was reported on the local Facebook group Concerned Citizens South Africa.
One post stated: “A mother with her sick newborn was forced by Wierdabrug SAPS members to go alone at night to get milk and car keys from her husband, who was arrested for violating the curfew. Baby le Roux was arrested born on January 6, 2021.
“The mother and baby were discharged from the hospital on January 7, 2021. Due to complications in feeding the baby, her father had to rush to UNITAS hospital to buy milk. On the way back, about 450 meters from his house, was he was arrested by Wierdabrug SAPS.
“Although he was able to produce the note and the milk, he was arrested.”