A dad was arrested for breaking curfew rules after he left home to buy his newborn baby some milk, it is reported.
Under coronavirus lockdown rules, South Africa has a nightly curfew from 9pm to 5am.
But according to reports, a dad rushed out to buy formula at 1am because his two-day-old baby was struggling to breastfeed.
The father, who has not been named, went to a pharmacy at a hospital on Friday to buy the milk.
He was stopped by police about 550 yards from home and arrested for breaking the curfew rules.
Officers wouldn’t let him deliver the formula before taking him to jail, Fox 5 reports.
The baby’s mum had to take her newborn out in the middle of the night to collect it.
Later that day the dad was released and is due back in court next week, it is reported.
An investigation into the incident has begun.
The incident was reported on local Facebook group Concerned Citizens South Africa.
A post says: “A mother with her sick newborn baby was forced to walk alone at night by Wierdabrug SAPS members, to fetch milk and car keys from her husband who was arrested for breaking the curfew.Baby le Roux was born on 6 January 2021.
“Mother and baby was released from hospital on 7 January 2021. Due to complications in feeding baby, her dad had to rush to UNITAS hospital to buy milk. On his way back, approximately 450 meters from his house he was arrested by Wierdabrug SAPS.
“Despite being able to produce the slip and the milk, he was detained.”