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‘You must be in bed by 21:00 on New Year’s Eve’ – Bheki Cele

‘You must be in bed by 21:00 on New Year’s Eve’ – Bheki Cele

On 25 December, we know that Santa Clause comes down the chimney to deliver presents. This year, on December 31, you could well see Bheki Cele burst through the door to forcibly tuck you into bed. The police minister has, yet again, turned heads with his comments about New Year’s Eve, and how celebrations will be affected by Level 3 regulations.


On Monday, the country was busted down two lockdown levels after COVID-19 infections soared at an alarming pace. A new variant of the disease is causing chaos, and festive gatherings have exacerbated the problem. Plans for the traditional end of year jols have been scuppered – but the police minister isn’t just content with a curfew.

Addressing SAPS members at a parade in KwaMashu on Wednesday, Bheki Cele boldly announced that there would be ‘no 31 December this year’. He advised citizens against ‘tin hitting’, and even went one step further by telling South Africans that they ‘must be asleep by 21:00’. Unbelievably, a government minister has tried to give us all a bed-time:

“We are experiencing something we’ve never gone through. This time, there is no 31 December. There is no New Year’s Eve. There is no tin-hitting. By 21:00, we want everybody ‘ulele’. Everybody must be in bed by 21:00. It’s important to understand this.”

Bheki Cele

As you’d expect, Twitter users were absolutely scathing when they came across these comments:





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