- Bheki Cele and the SAPS made arrests in Johannesburg South of people who were drinking and not following COVID-19 safety measures
- People were found drinking past the lockdown curfew and some were in the possession of drugs
- Cele said that he was impressed with the arrests but social media users were angered once again with his devotion to arresting people drinking alcohol but not other matters in SA
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Minister of Police Bheki Cele has spoken about how he is thrilled with the arrests that were made by the SAPS over the weekend but social media users were not so impressed. The police made a number of arrests during O Kae Molao Operations in Johannesburg South.
The people who were arrested had been caught for drinking and driving, as well as drug possession and other crimes. During the course of lockdown level 1, bars, shebeens, and clubs have been raided by the SAPS to make sure they are following COVID-19 safety protocols.
Minister Bheki Cele said that he was pleased with the arrests and the effort made by the police to fight crime.
"I don't know why so many people are drunk. Such a high number of people have been found drinking. From here, we are going to move to another place to make sure that we deal with the alcohol outlets," he said speaking to eNCA.
Mzansi social media users on the other hand were not impressed with Bheki Cele's efforts to shut down places that were selling alcohol over the weekend. Cele was trending on Twitter and a number of people were commenting on how he seems to care more about alcohol than more pressing issues. Such as human trafficking and gender-based violence.
@AdvoBarryRoux said: "Bheki Cele will go all out guns blazing against alcohol, but when it comes to human trafficking and GBV he is nowhere to be seen."
Some even went as far as calling him "The Minister of Alcohol".
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