Covid-19: Bheki Cele hints Level 3 lockdown may soon be implemented

Covid-19: Bheki Cele hints Level 3 lockdown may soon be implemented

- Police Minister Bheki Cele says the government is contemplating moving South Africa to Level 3 lockdown

- This would allow for the sale of liquor during restricted hours, unlike the first 2 levels

- However, Cele has warned that he couldn't commit to a set date for when the lockdown would be relaxed

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Level 3 lockdown allows for the sale of liquor between certain hours and under strict regulations.

Police Minister Bheki Cele says that the committee overseeing the regulations of the current lockdown is contemplating the possibility of relaxing the lockdown from Level 4 to Level 3.

However, Cele says that the could not give SA an indication as to when Level 3 would be implemented, simply saying that 'the time will come', reports The Citizen.

The politician was in Pietermaritzburg on Monday to assess the adherence to the current lockdown restrictions.

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He explained that the committee was still obtaining advice from experts on when to shift SA to Level 3.

Cele admitted that the controversial ban on selling alcohol had encouraged citizens to brew their own, resulting in a noticeable spike in pineapple and yeast sales. reported that a couple had become sickly and eventually passed away after sampling their own home-brewed concoction.

The continued ban on alcohol and cigarettes in South Africa has been a massive bone of contention for citizens, with many turning to black-market alternatives.

While regions like the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal continue to experience high infections rates, other regions have managed to keep their cases below 100.

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