Police Minister Bheki Cele says selling and buying alcohol will be illegal until April 16.
Speaking to the media the minister said “My birthday is on April 22. The best birthday present I can ever get will be if the sale of alcohol is banned permanently in the country.”.
At the briefing Cele also made a few statements clear to the media.
“There is now a narrative that police kill people during the arrest. In the first case, a security officer was arrested. Not a police officer. The second was in the Cape and the doctor says the man had a heart attack.”
Cele says the media should also report on the good things the police are doing during the restraints.
Cele says people should research and research entries on social media.
He is calling on the public not to abuse social media platforms: “We have so far arrested eight people who are doing this.” the Minister said.
In an interview with CityPress yesterday the Minister said: “My first prize would be that we shut down alcohol, but I know we cannot do that. Nothing tells me that taking alcohol will make life easier,”
“For South Africa, alcohol has not been the only issue when it comes to regulations relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Murder has gone down in South Africa. Even in the butcher of the republic, the Western Cape, murder numbers have really gone down. The impact of the reduction of alcohol has had an impact on ordinary crime, especially violent crime.”
What others are saying?
Bheki Cele's hatred for alcohol is too personal ??— Hermaine M (@HermaineM) April 6, 2020
Bheki Cele should go 21 days without a hat.— Roman Cabanac (@RomanCabanac) April 7, 2020
Then he can lecture us about going 21 days without smoking.