Christmas effectively cancelled as Zimbabwe endures second wave

Christmas effectively cancelled as Zimbabwe endures second wave

- The Zimbabwean government has clamped down amid the Covid-19 pandemic

- However, defiant revellers are adamant that they will celebrate even if it means hosting illegal parties

- Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe promises that police will be out in force

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The Zimbabwean government has opted to effectively ban Christmas parties amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Home Affairs Minister for the region, Kazembe Kazembe says that police will be out in full force to reinforce lockdown regulations.

“We are not yet out of the Covid-19 woes. The country is in the second wave of the virus. Parties will not be permissible during the festive season."

The Zimbabwean government has opted to ban Christmas parties. Image: Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto
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Nevertheless, defiant citizens remain determined to celebrate the holiday, with or without the government's approval.

The nation has recorded 11 866 cases to date with 314 fatalities with the second wave seeing around 120 cases a day.

'There's no John Vuli Gate, there is no stock': Bheki Cele warns

Kazembe says that weddings will be permitted with limited numbers during this traditionally busy season.

“Weddings will be allowed but with limited numbers. Police will be out in full force to enforce Covid-19 regulations and make sure they are being followed."

Meanwhile, reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele has zoned in on the #JohnVuliGate craze after spending a week roaming around on Western Cape beaches.

Speaking during a Limpopo parade Cele had gone as far as saying that Mzansi is 'banned' from the dance this Christmas.

The Minister explained that dancing in large numbers increases the likelihood of catching Covid-19 and urged citizens to be vigilant:

“This thing [Covid-19] is back. It is vicious, it kills, and we want to be with you for a long time, so protect yourselves. You protect yourself by not allowing people to break the law."
“There are no parties, there is no John Vuli Gate nasi istocko. There is no stock. When people have parties, close them down."

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