Police Minister Bheki Cele has clamped down on alcohol sales on Heritage Day
Police Minister Bheki Cele says no off-site sales on Heritage Day and issued a warning to licensed premises regarding selling alcohol as takeaways.
During a media briefing on Tuesday, Cele said no off-site sales of alcohol will be permitted on Thursday.
“No alcohol can be sold for off-site consumption over the weekend or during public holidays,” said Cele.
“Alcohol can be sold and consumed at licensed premises only but not before 9am and after mid-night equally alcohol cannot be sold as takeaways its must be consumed on the premises where it was bought,” he added.
He warned that licensed premises, such as restaurants and bars, which offer patrons takeaways alcohol will be punished as this is illegal.
He also added that there are owners who were breaking the rules by allowing customers to remain inside to continue drinking and those owners will face the consequences of breaking the law.
“I want to remind all business owners who insist on flouting the rules that the long arm of the law will catch up with you and you will lose your operating licence,” he said.
Customers and some tavern owners are not happy about the minister’s decision.
Thembelihle Mkhize shebeen owner said they tired of the lockdown rules because they are losing profits
“Bheki Cele is always talking about alcohol and setting rules over alcohol it’s tiring now. We as tavern owners are losing profits over some rules he sets regarding alcohol,” said Mkhize.
Nozibusizo Mthombeni who was planning to relax with her family on Thursday over a few drinks is also not happy about no off-site sales permission on Heritage Day.
“I wanted to spend some quality time with my family and buy a few boozes but now that won’t happen and I am not happy, can the minister deal with violence first,” she said.