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No dog walking, alcohol sale during lockdown

There will be no jog­ging, dog-walk­ing or sale of alco­hol, dur­ing the gov­ern­ment-imposed 21-day lock­down, says Police Min­is­ter Bhe­ki Cele.

The strin­gent reg­u­la­tions are among a range of pro­hib­it­ed ser­vices and areas to be accessed dur­ing this peri­od.

Address­ing reporters on Wednes­day, Cele clar­i­fied that among a raft of pro­hib­it­ed move­ment, will be jog­ging and walk­ing of dogs.

The reg­u­la­tions of the 24/7 cur­few, which has spec­i­fied exemp­tions, were released by Coop­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tion­al Affairs Min­is­ter Nkosazana Dlami­ni-Zuma on Wednes­day.

Cele said: “There’s no need to move around. The clus­ter met, we had dis­cus­sions and agreed that there shall be no walk­ing of dogs. It doesn’t enhance the call made by the Pres­i­dent. If you real­ly want to walk your dog, do it around your house – it ends there. The Dis­as­ter [Man­age­ment] Act says the move­ment of alco­hol shall be lim­it­ed, there shall be no move­ment of alco­hol (dur­ing lock­down), that’s ille­gal. What you have at home, you con­sume it there at home, not next door.”

Areas closed to the pub­lic include reli­gious, cul­tur­al, sport­ing, enter­tain­ment, edu­ca­tion­al, organ­i­sa­tion­al and sim­i­lar premis­es will be closed for the dura­tion. Parks, beach­es and swim­ming pools, open food and flea mar­kets and bazaars will also be closed, as will night­clubs and casi­nos.

Lodges and guest hous­es will also be closed, except those who already had tourists when the shut­down was announced.

“Pri­vate and pub­lic game reserves, except those who are already hous­ing tourists, are required to remain housed,” the Min­is­ter said.

Cele also warned that on-con­sump­tion premis­es where alco­hol is sold – she­beens, shisanya­mas and tav­erns – are to remain closed.

“This time we are not buy­ing liquor between 9am and 6pm; you shall buy no liquor. I’m sure that makes life eas­i­er for all of us.”

He warned that off-con­sump­tion out­lets that will con­tin­ue to sell liquor dur­ing that lock­down, will be dealt with.

“They shall not sell liquor. I know that some of them have the ten­den­cy of mov­ing around bot­tles dur­ing such peri­ods. Any per­son who is seen leav­ing a store with liquor, we’ll have prob­lems,” he said.

The­atres and cin­e­mas, shop­ping malls and cen­tres (exclud­ing gro­cery stores and phar­ma­cies) will also not oper­ate dur­ing the lock­down.

Should these laws be bro­ken, per­pe­tra­tors face six months in jail and fines, or both.

“In KZN (KwaZu­lu-Natal) two peo­ple have been charged with attempt­ed mur­der after they delib­er­ate­ly moved around after being told not to. It’s not a fairy­tale that the law will act and act very harsh­ly on you,” he said.

Defence Min­is­ter Nosivi­we Mapisa-Nqaku­la said the lock­down is not meant to pun­ish cit­i­zens to con­tain and min­i­mize the spread.

“The Con­sti­tu­tion of the Repub­lic of South Africa man­dates the SANDF to defend and pro­tect the Repub­lic, its ter­ri­to­r­i­al integri­ty and its peo­ple to pre­serve life health and prop­er­ties in emer­gency and human­i­tar­i­an oper­a­tions,” she said.

The Mil­i­tary will dur­ing the lock­down assist in road­blocks and foot patrols to enforce cur­few. They will also be involved in bor­der con­trol activ­i­ties as some have been closed as well as sup­port the health author­i­ties.

She clar­i­fied that the SANDF had not yet been deployed, con­trary to mis­lead­ing posts on social media. The SANDF will be deployed by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa at 4pm on Thurs­day.

Dlami­ni-Zuma said: “The reg­u­la­tions will ensure that we imple­ment this lock­down and enforce it, this lock­down is real­ly about pro­tect­ing lives, try­ing to stop the pan­dem­ic from spread­ing very fast,” she said.

The Min­is­ter said it was impor­tant for cit­i­zens to strict­ly obey the lock­down.

“Peo­ple must stay at home and if you have to leave, you go to work for essen­tial ser­vices,” she said.

“Stay at home unless you are essen­tial to our sur­vival.”  – SAnews.gov.za

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