Covid-19: Cele's promise to clampdown kept as cops move in on taverns

Covid-19: Cele's promise to clampdown kept as cops move in on taverns

- Citizens who thought Minister Bheki Cele wasn't serious about the clampdown on liquor were in for a nasty surprise on Friday

- The Police Minister had promised authorities would be on the hunt for those violating the new regulations put into place amid the coronavirus outbreak

- Cele kept his vow, with police shutting down taverns and arresting owners over non-compliance

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Police Minister Bheki Cele is playing hardball when it comes to ensuring the regulations put into play amid the coronavirus national disaster.

Footage has surfaced online of police shutting down an establishment in Joburg for contravening the ban on liquor.

The Citizen reports that the owner has been arrested, with similar scenes playing out across the rest of South Africa on Friday night.

READ ALSO: Bheki Cele takes no prisoners with Covid-19: “It’s not a negotiation” reported that following the declaration of a state of disaster on Sunday, it was made illegal to serve or sell alcohol at public venues after 6 pm during the week and 1 pm over the weekend and on public holidays.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department Chief David Tembe confirmed that similar operations played out across the city, with two tavern owners taken into custody.

Despite the outcry from owners in the sector, Cele was adamant that alcohol could not be served after the times gazetted on Wednesday

In addition to this, establishments are compelled to adhere to a 50 patron limit or risk being shut down.

As of Friday, the latest figures stood at 202 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus, with Health Minister Zweli Mkhize warning that the situation will worsen before it improves.

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