- South African Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter to announce that licences which expired within the lockdown period will remain valid
- In the tweet, he also referred to himself as "Santa Mbaks" saying that he is "gifting" South Africans a little more time
- South Africans were soon sharing their thoughts in the comment section
South African Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has just given himself a new nickname - "Santa Mbaks." Taking to Twitter Mbalula shared the news that the decision has been made to extend grace to those who have had expired driving documents during the lockdown period, which had subsequently stopped drivers from renewing their essential paperwork.
"Learners' licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licence card and professional driving permits that expired from 26 March 2020 to 31 Dec 2020 are deemed valid for period ending 31 Aug 2021.
"You can call me Santa Mbaks, your Christmas just got merrier," he wrote in the tweet.
Meanwhile, South Africans loved the news with many of them heading to the comment section to share their thoughts, some of which you can read below.
"My licence expired, I'm driving with this tweet from now on, cheza Mbakzozo."
"Been driving with Mbaks tweets since April, mine expired end of March. In some cases you find clueless officers who are not aware of these extensions, that's why it's important to keep them."
"Dankie Santa Mbaks, my driver's expired in July and I have been battling to renew, I’ve been driving ke le scared all the time."
In other Briefly.co.za news, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has had another family meeting with the country and has had to use some tough love. The disobedient child, in this case, is Nelson Mandela Bay, which was placed under lockdown and sent ripples through the social media with tweeps begging other cities to behave or face a similar fate.
In addition, liquor sales have been given a curfew, which has some people quite upset over the prospect of ending New Year's Eve celebrations at 10pm. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has been identified as a hotspot with the following restrictions placed on the region with effect from midnight:
The curfew has been adjusted to between 10pm and 4am. The sale of alcohol will only be permitted between Monday to Thursday. Alcohol consumption in certain areas is forbidden to prevent large gatherings. Gatherings may not be attended by more than 100 people for indoor events and 250 for outdoor events. Post-funeral gatherings ("after tears") are prohibited.
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