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Police Minister Bheki Cele says while they can’t go wild on mass arrests of people who might choose to ignore and disobey the instructions by the president banning mass gathering of more than 100 people, he said leaders will have to face the consequences.
He sent out a stern message to religious leaders and business people, more especially tarven owners.
The instruction also ordered restaurants and tarvens to be closed after 6pm and not sell alcohol.
A state of disaster was declared on Sunday by President Matamela Ramaphosa to try to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has spread at a rapid rate globally.
Strict regulations stipulated that restaurants, bars and taverns cannot sell alcohol after 6pm, and alcohol cannot be consumed after that time, even if it was bought before 18:00 institutions are also not allowed to have more than 50 people in the venue at any given time while operational.
Minister Cele said no one is being from alcohol consumption, but do that in the comfort of your home.
People who are found to be gathered will be peacefully dispersed and ordered to cooperate, but leaders or business owners will be arrested.
They may face a six month imprisonment, a fine, or both if the regulations are not adhered to.