“South Africa may be on the lowest alert level of the National Lockdown, BUT law enforcement on the other hand, will remain on the high alert,” said Police Minister General Bheki Cele in a media briefing on Tuesday…

“Police will continue to enforce the curfew, which starts from midnight until 04:00.”

For Level 1, the sale of liquor is permitted from 9:00 to 17:00 during the week. However, no alcohol can be sold for off-site consumption over the weekend or during public holidays.

“Alcohol can be sold and consumed at licensed premises only, but not before 9:00 and not after midnight. Equally, alcohol cannot be sold as takeaways, it must be consumed on the premises where it was bought. It’s that simple,” noted Cele.


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He expressed his “disgust” at illegal operations which put the health of SA citizens at risk.

“I want to express my shock and disgust about the blatant disregard of the health of our people by some liquor outlet owners. I am talking about businesses that choose to flout the rules in the name of profit.”

“This past weekend I joined police operations checking on compliance in Ekurhuleni in the Gauteng province. During the multi-disciplinary operations between SAPS, SANDF and provincial traffic law enforcements, we came across several shebeens and taverns operating way past the stipulated 10 pm curfew; under alert level 2.”

He warned that the long arm of the law would catch up to those who flout the law, and venues would lose their operating licences.

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