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A curfew and suspension of certain activities announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, including the suspension of liquor sales left the nation still divided.
Ramaphosa also announced that no one will be permitted to be roaming on the streets between 9pm and 4am starting Monday and also prohibited visitations and social gatherings.
The suspending of alcohol sale and distribution again during this lockdown saw the nation saying that the president is pointing at a wrong target they failed as the government to curb the spread at its early stage.
Alcohol sale and distribution was banned with immediate effect by the president after making his speech on the update of the lockdown.
Some said the banning of alcohol sale and distribution serves as a violation of their constitutional right and limit their freedom.
These claims were dismissed by Co-operative governance & traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who said the fight is with the virus (Covid-19) not people and their rights.
During his address on Sunday President Ramaphosa said it is now mandatory for each and every person to wear a mask.
Minister Dlamini-Zuma supported the president’s statements and said it shouldn’t even be negotiated.
“Now it is mandatory. It is mandatory to wear a face mask because it is one of the measures at our disposal to protect ourselves and to protect people about us.”
“The provision in the regulations now says the mandatory wearing of the face mask or any face mask, cloth mask or anything that you can use to cover your mouth and nose while you are in public.”