Minister Dlamini-Zuma has made it clear that transportation and distribution of alcohol is limited to exports, storage and permitted industry use
- The Minister confirmed that the regulations will be reviewed after two weeks, but in the meantime, liquor will remain banned
- Police Minister Cele warned that any licensed establishment caught attempting to sell liquor run the risk of arrest
Following President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech on Monday evening, Cabinet Ministers briefed the nation on the details concerning the shift to Level 3 lockdown in South Africa.
The highly controversial return of the liquor ban has seen alcohol only permitted to be distributed or transported for export purposes, industrial use and household cleaning products.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma explained that the ban extends not only to retailers but to those distributing liquor for consumption:
"Liquor cannot be sold for on-site or off-site consumption. Transportation of alcohol is only allowed if it is for export or if a manufacturer is taking it to storage or if it is alcohol that is used in industry. Otherwise, if it's liquor that you drink, you are not supposed to transport or distribute it."
Hotels are permitted to continue operating, but restrictions are in place limiting the locations of public gatherings.
Police Minister Bheki Cele weighed in on the ban, warning against transporting alcohol that has already been purchased:
"When it comes to alcohol, it cannot be sold anywhere, whether off or on-site. There is no transportation of alcohol, meaning wherever alcohol is now, it stays there."
Cele cautioned establishments against attempting to sell liquor, confirming that they run the risk of arrest and being stripped of their liquor trading licence:
"Our eyes are very much open when it comes to the black market. Those who have the licence and permission to trade on alcohol, if they sell alcohol illegally during this time, those licences must be taken and they must be taken to prison."
Cele further warned that the review, set to take place in 14 days, did not automatically mean that the ban will be lifted:
"It's not automatic that you will serve alcohol. It's not automatic that after two weeks you will be able to go to the beach. It is merely a reviewal. So, you will have to wait for the review and don't immediately say the ban is over in two weeks."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Dlamini-Zuma has announced that taxis and long-distance buses intended to travel 200km or more must operate only at 70% capacity, ensuring face masks are worn by everyone on board.
Taxis that operate within cities are permitted to operate at 100% capacity, providing once again that masks are worn.
The newly-gazetted regulations stipulated that face masks are definitely non-negotiable:
“A driver. owner or operator of public transport may not allow any member of the public who is not wearing a face mask to board or be conveyed in a public transport owned or operated by him or her."
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