Diabetic man fined for trying to go to pharmacy to get prescription meds

Lockdown: Cape Town man allegedly stopped from going to chemist to get meds for sick son

“But she said: ‘No, you said you were going to the pharmacy. And you don’t have a prescription, so I’m going to fine you’,” Kirby explained.

He was pulled off the road. There, he tried to plead his case to a senior SAPS officer.

But this fell on deaf ears, and he was fined R2 500 for “Failure to Confine to Residence”.

“The officer said: ‘You can explain yourself to the court’.”

Kirby said, as a medical technologist of 45 years, he was acutely aware of the threat the coronavirus presented.

And he supported the government’s measures fully. But he pleaded with the police to hear “common sense”, and not penalise people for legitimately and legally trying to access essential medicines.

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Allan Kirby was fined while trying to go to his local pharmacy to get prescription medication. (Supplied to News24 by Kerry Kirby)

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