Bheki Cele warns liquor outlets to stick to regulations

Bheki Cele warns liquor outlets to stick to regulations

Police Minister Bheki Cele has issued a warning against flouting lockdown regulations with the country now under level 1.

Bheki Cele
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At a briefing a short time ago - he's reminded us to keep to the number restrictions as we gather socially.

He says those who host parties or other gatherings  - especially in residential areas - must also be mindful of noise pollution. 

Cele has again stressed that the sale of alcohol permitted from Monday to Friday  -  9am to 5pm. 

On-site consumption in licensed establishments is only allowed up until midnight.

He says he's noted that some restaurants and taverns have been breaking these regulations and putting the lives of their customers at risk. 

READ: SA surpasses 16 000 COVID-19 related deaths

"The better way of not us having to force access is people must just obey the law. When you close let the people go and don't keep the people as their slaves to do things that they are not suppose to do because you want more money."

He says they won't hesitate shut down businesses that break the law. 

"I want to remind all the business owners who insist on flouting the rules - the long arm of the law will catch up with you and you will also lose your operating license," he said. 

From the start of Lockdown in March to date, 310 494 people have been arrested and charged with contraventions of the Disaster Management Act. 

These violations range from liquor, transport and business and cross border related offences." 

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