- Police Minister Bheki Cele recently called on South Africans to be in bed by 9 pm sharp on New Year's Eve
- Mzwandile Masina says that he will do even better and be in bed by 8:30 pm while the nation celebrates
- However, Julius Malema has made his disdain for the notion absolutely clear, adamant that he will be enjoying the usual festivities
Ekhurhuleni Mayor Mzawandile Masina won't be welcoming in 2021 this year as per the tradition.
Taking to social media, Masina made it clear that he will, in fact, be in bed at 8:30 pm:
"I will personally be in bed by 8:30pm, I know the citizens of the City of Ekhurhuleni will head President Cyril Ramaphosa's call for us to all stay home and stay safe during this NYE period."
Instead of the usual parties, Masina offered to reflect on the past year virtually:
"We can reflect on this year, 2020, over a Zoom call around 8 pm. How about that?"
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, however, wasn't having any of it:
"President said we should celebrate at home, he never said we must sleep at 9 pm. That madness won't happen, sleep well sir. I won't do candles and won't be sleeping at 9."
Masina responded by asking Malema not to be 'defiant', commenting that:
"Don’t be defiant just ask Minister Cele to give you the 9pm bed to sleep."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele had 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.
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