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Eye on you: Cele says spotters deployed to ensure no drinking after 6pm

Police Minister Bheki Cele said that his department had put in place stringent measures to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed the media on 28 November 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Bheki Cele has announced that from Friday, spotters will be appointed to ensure that no alcohol is sold at restaurants and bars after 6pm.

Cele outlined his department’s implementation plan to respond to the COVID-19 disaster management regulations.

The police minister said that his department had put in place stringent measures to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Cele said that spotters would ensure that come 6pm no alcohol was sold or consumed at bars or restaurants. However, customers were still permitted to buy food.

"Yesterday, I received four calls - one from Hillcrest, one from Inanda, one from Mdantsane - telling me that it was 6pm but people were still drinking."

He said that shebeens and clubs would also have to adhere to the same regulations.

"Now there is nobody that closes any other time beyond 6pm. It makes the work of the South African Police Service very, very easy now."

The police minister reiterated that no restaurants would be allowed to have more than 50 people on their premises at a time.

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