Bheki Cele takes no prisoners with Covid-19: “It’s not a negotiation”

Bheki Cele takes no prisoners with Covid-19: “It’s not a negotiation”

- Police minister Bheki Cele issued a stern warning for those who transgress against the new regulations

- This is relative to the laws introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus

- Cele emphasised that SAPS would take a tough stance and that offenders can be fined or jailed

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Police minister Bheki Cele is taking no prisoners with regard to the new regulations relating to curbing Covid-19.

Cele emphasised that offenders of the newly introduced laws would face the wrath of the police and judicial system.

Cele said, “It is not a negotiation — it is the law.”

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TimesLIVE reported that Cele also urged the public not to waste police resources by asking permission for gatherings of more than 100 people. learnt that SAPS would come down harshly on those who transgress the maximum of 100 or 50 in cases where liquor is served.

Cele added, “We are looking at 50 with a jaundiced eye. Fifty [where alcohol is sold] may still be too big.”

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It was also disclosed that government would take a zero tolerance approach to establishments who serve alcohol midweek outside of the permissible window of 9am to 6pm.

Cele advised the public that offenders could face the likelihood of a fine, jail time or even both.

Earlier, reported that regulations could see citizens imprisoned for six months or fined for spreading fake news about the outbreak.

Government hopes the new measures will minimise the high number of false stories circulating via social media, which has sparked fear and panic.

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