Law enforcement to double down amid new curfew and alcohol regulations

Law enforcement to double down amid new curfew and alcohol regulations

Bheki Cele says all law enforcement officers and members of the South African National Defence Force have been instructed to enforce the night-time curfew that made a return this week after a dramatic rise in the number of coronavirus infections. 

Police Minister Bheki Cele
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The minister was speaking during a briefing by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster yesterday - where the regulations were explained. 

"Those who work at night or early in the morning, have to produce a permit of movement when they are requested to do so by law enforcement officials," he says. 

The cluster once urges the public, who do not have to be out of their homes for work to stay at home.

"If we catch you without a permit or a valid reason will be a breach of the regulation and will be prosecuted as such," said Cele. 

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When President Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening - he caught many off guards by announcing the immediate suspension of liquor sales.

Minister Cele says people can consume alcohol in their homes and within their yards.

He's warned anyone found drinking in public places, including on pavements and while in their vehicles,  faces jail time. 

"The cluster is appealing to the public not to buy any alcohol during this time, as all sales are currently illegal. If anyone is caught doing so they will also be prosecuted," says Bheki. 

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