Soshanguve community was caught off-guard by the police on Friday after failing to be in their homes during lockdown.
In a video below, hundreds of commuters could be seen running for their lives entering the local Soshanguve Crossing in Soshanguve, Tshwane.
Tembisa, Alex, Soweto and Cape Town were also visibly crowded in the early hours of Friday.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalul permitted taxis to carry 7 passengers and would be allowed to transport passengers between 5am and 9am and again between 4pm and 8pm to cater for people going to work for essential services, those going to hospitals and for those doing groceries.
South Africa will be in lockdown for the next 21 days as directed by president Ramaphosa.
Coronavirus cases in South Africa toll at a staggering 927 with more additions expected later in the day.