Cele warns restaurants about serving alcohol in teapots

The minister on Tuesday said police knew about the tricks employed by some business owners who flouted the alcohol ban the last time and officers would not hesitate to act.

FILE: Police Minister Bheki Cele. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Bheki Cele is warning if anything other than tea is found in teapots, restaurants will lose their trading licences.

The minister on Tuesday said police knew about the tricks employed by some business owners who flouted the alcohol ban the last time and officers would not hesitate to act.

If you refuse to wear a mask, you'll face a fine or even jail time, or both. An extended curfew will also see bars and restaurants close up at 8 pm.

Acting Deputy Director at Lawyers for Human Rights Wayne Ncube on Wednesday said police would not just be loading people up in vans without warning.

He said officers would ask you to comply and you'd only be arrested if you refuse to put on a mask.

"Technically speaking, people should not be getting arrested for not having a mask on. It’s the failure to comply when requested that could get someone arrested. On top of that there’s a ministry of justice directive that says people who are arrested on petty crimes should be released on bail and given a court date to come back."

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At the same time, the Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa) on Wednesday said it was worried about the impact of the amended regulations on the industry.

Rasa’s CEO Wendy Alberts said the hard-pressed sector had been looking forward to making up for losses incurred when these facilities were limited or prevented from operating in the past.

“We should have been consulted in a far more proactive way. It’s an absolutely devastating blow for us and certainly not the news we were hoping to hear.”

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