Police Minister Bheki Cele. Picture: African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Police Minister Bheki Cele. Picture: African News Agency (ANA) Archives

No dog walks, no jogging and no alcohol buying allowed during lockdown - Police Minister

By Sihle Mlambo Time of article published Mar 25, 2020

Share this article:

Johannesburg - No dog walks, no jogging, no purchasing of alcohol and no purchasing of food from restaurants will be allowed during the 21-day lockdown, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced on Wednesday afternoon. 

The decision comes after Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced earlier on Wednesday that people would be allowed to jog and walk dogs responsibly. 

"If you go out and jog it must be for a short distance and no mingling. We do not want to see crowds," Mkhize had said earlier.

Cele said after a meeting with ministers later on Wednesday, Mkhize's remarks had been reversed. 

"There shall be no dogs that shall be walked," he said, adding that people should walk their dogs at home. This was also extended to jogging.

Cele said the previous regulations which allowed liquor stores, taverns, shisanyamas, pubs and clubs, to open between 9am and 6pm on Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 1pm on Sundays, was no more. 

He said people would be allowed to consume alcohol in their homes, but not outside of their homes to avoid havoc during the lockdown.

"For 21 days, please stay sober," said Cele. 

EFF leader Julius Malema had tweeted in anger on Wednesday afternoon after Mkhize's remarks that people be allowed to jog and walk dogs during the lockdown.

South Africa has 709 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, this was a significant jump from 554 cases on Tuesday. 

Said Malema: “I hear some people will be allowed to walk dogs; just don't try us, please. We support the government’s intervention, but rubbish won't be tolerated,” tweeted the leader of the red berets.

Share this article: