- Bheki Cele has demanded that South Africans are tucked into bed this New Year's Eve by 9:00 pm
- The Police Minister is adamant that the curfew must be respected despite the tradition of staying up late on Old Year's eve
- These comes as SA prepares to enter the new year under Level 3 lockdown restrictions
Police Minister Bheki Cele has made an unusual statement over the new curfew imposed under Level 3 regulations.
Speaking during a SAPS members parade in KwaMashu on Wednesday, Cele declared that this time there will be 'no 31 December' this year.
With plans for traditional parties already scrapped by the liquor ban and the restrictions on gatherings, Cele opted to go one step further:
“We are experiencing something we’ve never gone through. This time, there is no 31 December. There is no New Year’s Eve. There is no tin-hitting. By 21:00, we want everybody ‘ulele’. Everybody must be in bed by 21:00. It’s important to understand this.”
Cele also warned against restaurants selling liquor 'under the table', warning that owners could face not only their licenses removed but prison time.
In addition to the ban on trade, both for on and off-site consumption, Cele highlighted that travelling with liquor is also prohibited.
This has put holidaying citizens in a slight predicament, questioning whether or not they would be permitted to return home with their leftover, or gifted, booze. The answer to that is, unfortunately, a strong no according to the Police Minister.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za recently reported that with numerous South Africans on holiday or set to depart, concerns were raised over the impact on travel.
Minister Nkosazana 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."
While these restrictions have a more limited impact on this mode of transport, flights suffered a more hefty knock:
“Due to the reinstatement of adjusted Level 3 lockdown restrictions & newly imposed 9pm-6am daily curfew, there will be an impact on our flight schedule. Affected customers will be reaccommodated & contacted in due course. Thank you for your patience & understanding."
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