Backlash continues over the breaking of COVID-19 regulations by patrons of a liquor outlet in East London, in the Eastern Cape.
Over the weekend, a video showing most of the revellers not wearing masks and not observing social distancing went viral on social media.
Buccaneers Bar and Restaurant also exceeded the stipulated venue capacity under level 3 lockdown.
According to the regulation, indoor gatherings may not exceed 50% of the venue capacity.
The Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) has condemned this and went with the police to verify the incident.
The organisation says the bar manager admitted guilt and was fined R5 000.
The board says it will continue working with SAPS to monitor and enforce compliance with COVID-19 19 regulations and trading conditions.
The Buffalo City Municipality has also slammed the breaking of the COVID-19 rules at the bar.
It’s urged businesses to put lives over profits and the liquor license regulators to take action against businesses that are breaking the law.
The Premier of Mpumalanga had many South Africans hot on the collar for violating lockdown level 3 regulations.
She was seen not wearing a mask at the funeral service of Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu.
Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane has, nonetheless, apologised for the blunder.
She says her mask was damaged upon arriving at the cemetery and when she got off her car she was not aware that it had fallen off.
“The Premier was of the opinion that the mask was intact as had been the case throughout the proceedings,” a statement from her office says.
She has urged Mpumalanga residents to constantly wear masks, practice social distancing and sanitise or wash hands frequently.
Cope wants her fired and while her political home, the ANC, has welcomed her apology – the Police Minister isn’t having it.
Minister Bheki Cele says wearing of a mask under the COVID-19 level 3 lockdown in South Africa is non-negotiable.
“If South Africa wants to beat this invisible enemy which is COVID-19, we simply can’t let down our guard. This is why I have spoken to the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service General Khehla Sitole to look into the matter of the Premier and an investigation must be conducted and necessary action must be taken,” he says.
A person convicted of violating the Disaster Management Act is liable to a fine or at least six months imprisonment.