- The security cluster has addressed South Africa on the Covid-19 regulations announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa
- Minister Bheki Cele has confirmed that random stop-and-search operations would be carried out across the nation
- The sensitive subject of the alcohol ban was also brought up, with the minister warning people about the reimplemented regulation
The security cluster has weighed in on the changes to the Covid-19 regulations announced over the weekend by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Police Minister Bheki Cele explained that alcohol is allowed to be consumed in private, but citizens are no longer allowed to transport liquor or consume it in public places:
"Alcohol may be consumed in private but may not be transported or sold by any liquor outlets. The cluster is urging the public to not buy any alcohol during this time as alcohol is prohibited."
Cele also warned citizens that roadblocks and random stop-and-searches will be put into effect:
"Police will increase roadblocks and introduce random stop-and-searches. This is to ensure that movement of alcohol and tobacco is not happening."
During the lockdown period, Cele confirmed that immigration officials had facilitated 540 000 movements through SA borders.
The borders were closed for non-essential travel with the bulk of these movements either citizens returning home or heading out of the country for work.
The minister also confirmed that 685 cases were opened against the police and that includes Metro Police. Of the number, 227 have been investigated and finalised. The remainder of the cases are still under investigation.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Justice Minister Ronald Lamola had confirmed failing to wear a mask in public would constitute a criminal offence.
Citizens could face either a fine or a short stint in prison for failing to comply to this new regulation, explained the minister:
“It has made the lives of members of the public, including law enforcement officers’ lives, very difficult if people are not wearing a mask in a particular place. [The new regulations] as they stand do not differentiate between a fine and imprisonment. Both of them do give you some kind of criminal offence."
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