MINISTER of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said some of the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa could only happen after certain regulations were put in place.

Speaking at a media briefing in Tshwane, Dlamini-Zuma was joined by Police Minister Bheki Cele and Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola.

Dlamini-Zuma said the prohibition of large gatherings was widely discussed and included alcohol amendments.

“These laws must be respected,” she said.

“The regulations concern the release of resources from government, prevention and prohibition of large gatherings, regulations on selling alcohol and making the refusal of medical examination and treatment punishable by law.”

She said no one had the luxury to refuse quarantine or self-isolation if they tested positive.

“You must undergo treatment. That is the law,” she said.

Dlamini-Zuma said the country was looking at 18 months before a solution could be found.

Cele said police will wear proactive gear and masks starting from today.

He said no citizen would be able to buy or sell alcohol after 6pm at restaurants, clubs, shebeens and nightclubs.

“Our officials will meet with the national association of taverns about the restrictions,” he said.

He said regulations would be enforced by the police.

He said nobody will get permission for gatherings over 100 people.

“All gatherings must be 100 or less,” he said.