How’s your luck? Jessey’s Tavern in Thokoza, Gauteng was left cursing its decision to defy the 22:00 curfew – as the serving minister of police turned up to shut their operations down. Bheki Cele joined police on patrol this weekend, and while assisting SAPS with their rounds, the top cop formed part of the arrest.
Bheki Cele arrests tavern manager
The manager of the tavern has been taken into custody for further questioning. When police arrived on the scene, patrons were drinking merrily and ignoring the strict cut-off time imposed on all licensed liquor vendors during lockdown. The Gauteng Community Safety team shared the following update to their Twitter page:
“While doing a walkabout in Thokoza led by Minister Cele, we found patrons at Jessey’s Tavern still sitting and drinking alcohol disregarding the 22:00 curfew. The manager has been taken to the local police station for further processing as part of Operation Okae Molao.”
Gauteng Community Safety statement
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Sunday will be the last night where South Africa’s curfew comes into force at 22:00. From Monday onwards, curfew will only be in place from 00:00 – 4:00 each night. The manager of Jessey’s won’t be able to pin the blame on this, though.
Bheki Cele, a vocal crusader against alcohol abuse, must have felt like Christmas came early for him on Saturday night. The minister did, however, receive some criticism on social media for his role in the arrest. Cele, a trending topic on Twitter earlier this morning, has been accused of tackling ‘soft crimes’ and ignoring hot-spots such as Hillbrow and Sunnyside:
While doing a walk about in Thokoza led by Minister Cele, we found patrons at Jessey’s tavern still sitting and drinking alcohol disregarding the 22:00 curfew. The manager has been taken to the local police station for further processing. #OkaeMolao pic.twitter.com/UU5EauZjE3
— GP Community Safety (@GP_CommSafety) September 19, 2020
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