POLICE Minister Bheki Cele has laid down the law with regards to purchasing alcohol during the imminent lockdown saying there will be no sale of alcohol from any outlet.
Cele addressing the inter-ministerial security cluster in Pretoria on Wednesday late afternoon said in addition to no sale of alcohol there will also be no movement of alcohol from one place to the other.
“That means what you have now is what you will drink in the next 21 days. The first measures we were saying you can buy alcohol up to a certain time, now we are saying there is no sale of alcohol at all.
“You will have to stay sober in the next 21 days,” Cele said.
He announced that restaurants, night clubs, pubs, taverns, and shebeens will be closed. Also, community centers, recreational centers, hotels, lodges, B&Bs, private lodges, and parks will be closed. However, in a case where there are still tourists some of the lodges will remain open.
Health Ministers Dr. Zweli Mkhize in explaining the total ban on alcohol said the real reason was the behavior because lockdown alone was not enough. He added it took one person to infect many.
“The real battle starts now,” said Mkhize.