LISTEN: No alcohol, gqom’ after midnight, warns Cele

LISTEN: No alcohol, gqom’ after midnight, warns Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele says law enforcement officials are out in full force across the country as the festive season gets underway and he warns holiday makers and tourists to adhere to lockdown regulations in the build up to Christmas and New Year celebrations. 

Bheki Cele in KZN Dec 2021

Thousands are expected to flock to the country’s top destinations including the coastal provinces.  

Cele visited KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday on the last stop of his Safer Festive Season Inspection Tour. 

A curfew remains in place between midnight and 4am as part of the Adjusted Level 1 Lockdown regulations and Cele used his address to officers in Umlazi to ask them to ensure they strictly enforce the rules. 

“There is no gqom’ [dance music] after 12. When you go around and you some noise, some glom and people singing, you get there and remind them those people that the time has come that they must close son those things,” said Cele.  

“The law at the present moment says nobody moves drinks, nobody gets drunk after 12, midnight. 

“I’m told they still run the parties along the beach. We’ll be walking together, we’ll go and check them there.”


Cele added law enforcement would be quick to effect arrests of law breakers.  

“The weekend is going to be very long. If we catch you on Friday, we’ll see you next Wednesday.” 

Meanwhile, the Police Minister also confirmed that members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have already been deployed to major routes.  

“Those members have already taken over the N-routes, especially the N3 because we don’t want any nonsense. Whoever is going to try any form of nonsense, you block your trucks there - whether you think that is a place for you to go and cause chaos, be assured that won’t happen,” said Cele. 

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