- Police Minister Bheki Cele has linked the decrease in the number of crimes to the ban on the sale of alcohol
- Based on this, Cele expressed his view that the liquor ban remain in force even after the lockdown
- Angry South Africans took to social media to show their frustration
Police Minister Bheki Cele is a much-maligned figure within South African politics and he hasn't endeared himself to the public of late.
Ever since the nationwide lockdown has been enforced, South Africans have had to come to terms with the fact that alcohol is no longer for sale.
Ever since the lockdown, the crime rate has improved and Cele credits this to the prohibition of liquor.
As a result, the outspoken minister has called on the ban on alcohol to be extended indefinitely, irrespective of when the lockdown ends.
In response, South Africans have expressed their anger and frustration via social media.
Based on the reaction, Briefly.co.za gathered that tweeps feel that Cele needs to re-evaluate his priorities.
Herb (@PhemiSegoe) said,
"I wish Bheki Cele hated domestic abuse & rape with the same intensity he hates alcohol."
Emma (@Emma_Tsebe) added,
"Bheki Cele, instead of extending alcohol ban, extend Closing Borders and ban Movement from Province to Province and ask CIC to keep military in the streets to raid all Shops for drugs, Human Trafficking, and illegal immigrants."
Bongani Mogari (@iBongs1) saw the merit in Cele's recommendation:
"Minister Bheki Cele is striving for a Alcohol free country, and I am surprised at how people react to this. Saying that his abusive and all. Well alcohol has claimed many lives and still damage a lot of family structures. I am with you minister, sophuz'amanzi."
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