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Bheki Cele warns the public

As South Africa finally enters a 21-day national lockdown at midnight on Thursday, transgressors of stipulated orders of home stay could face six months in jail or a fine or both.

This was according to Police Minister Bheki Cele, who outlined a list of prohibited activities and operations in the next three weeks as the country escalates its measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, sporadic cases of which had surged to more than 700 on Wednesday.

He also announced a total ban on alcohol sale and non-essential movement, adding that all restaurants and shopping centres would be forced to close, with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies.