- Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has officially banned the sale of cooked hot food
- The new regulation was gazetted on Monday, providing clarity on the previously unclear rules
- Supermarkets will now be unable to sell any cooked food items in SA during the lockdown
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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has amended regulations concerning food items allowed during lockdown.
Dlamini-Zuma has now outlawed the sale and purchase of cooked hot food items for the rest of the extension.
The rules in this regard had previously been unclear, with numerous reports of supermarkets still selling products of this nature.
Clarity has now been provided in the form of the new regulation published on Monday afternoon, allowing for the sale of food items with the exception of 'cooked, hot food'.
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that there have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus being spread through food or food packaging
Despite this, it seems that the government has opted to tighten regulations in this regard.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that President Cyril Ramaphosa also addressed corruption relating to food relief amid the national crisis.
In a letter to SA, Ramaphosa commented that those found guilty of committing fraud and other crimes in this time of dire need would face harsh consequences for their actions.
With numerous families facing 'no work, no pay' situations and being cut off from casual income sources, the resulting lack of vital resources has been brought into the spotlight as the nation enters its fourth week of a nationwide lockdown.
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