Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Thursday his department had scheduled intense law enforcement operations for this weekend.
He said an increasing number of illegal gatherings were taking place since the ban on the sale of alcohol was lifted last week.
Cele said this had resulted in a general increase in criminal activities and had reiterated that the consumption of alcohol remained strictly restricted to people’s homes.
“No parties, no clubbing, no coming together, no transporting of alcohol on weekends.”
Cele said there is sufficient evidence to warrant the banning of alcohol sales once more.
Cele made the comment during a visit to the families of two Durban Metro police officers who were ambushed and shot dead on Tuesday.
“I have said it all the time that if I were given the opportunity to run and decide alone on this matter, then my first prize would be to ban the alcohol because I believe there is a lot of evidence that it is not doing good,” he said.
Source: enca, ewn