- Numerous citizens have lamented the coronavirus lockdown ban on alcohol
- However, Police Minister Bheki Cele has gone as far as saying that he would like to see these laws made permanent in SA
- Cele is adamant that the rules will remain firmly in place for the extent of the lockdown, despite the outcry
Police Minister Bheki Cele has made it clear that he won't be backing down on alcohol and cigarette bans during the current lockdown.
Speaking to City Press, Cele indicated that he wished these laws could be extended past the crisis, blaming consumption for the high rate of crime in South Africa.
Cele had revealed violent crimes had seen a significant drop at the beginning of the lockdown, explaining that crimes usually happened leading up to and during the weekend and frequently liquor would play a role.
Minimising the use of alcohol, in his opinion, is a step forward for South Africa with the minister:
“For South Africa, alcohol has not been the only issue when it comes to regulations relating to the Covid-19 coronavirus. Murder has gone down in South Africa. Even in the butcher of the republic, the Western Cape, murder numbers have really gone down. The impact of the reduction of alcohol has had an impact on ordinary crime, especially violent crime."
Briefly.co.za reported that the ban on cigarettes had also made waves, with Western Cape Premier Alan Winde attempting to reverse the order in his province.
However, Cele had made it crystal clear that this would not be allowed, disappointing ecstatic local smokers in the process.
Meanwhile, South Africa has recorded 1 656 confirmed coronavirus cases, with a total of 11 fatalities.
The KwaZulu-Natal province has suffered the biggest blow with eight deaths, and the Gauteng, Free State and Western Cape province recording one death each.
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