Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, said that if anything other than tea is found in teapots, restaurants will lose their trading licences. The minister warned restaurants against this sneaky practise on Tuesday and said that police was well aware of the tricks employed by some business owners. Many restaurant owners attempted to flout the alcohol ban during the first and second prohibition but police have adopted a zero tolerance approach.
Wayne Ncube, the deputy director of Lawyers for human rights, on Wednesday said police would not just be loading people up in vans without warning. Ncube said officers would ask you to comply and you’d only be arrested if you refuse to put on a mask.
“Technically speaking, people should not be getting arrested for not having a mask on. It’s the failure to comply when requested that could get someone arrested. On top of that there’s a ministry of justice directive that says people who are arrested on petty crimes should be released on bail and given a court date to come back.”