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‘No family visits’: Dlamini-Zuma issues six key warnings to South Africans

Addressing the media on Monday, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma outlined six activities which remain banned in South Africa – with family visits topping the list.


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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has delivered several warnings to the public, after the government decided to tighten lockdown restrictions in South Africa. Most of what President Ramaphosa said during his speech on Sunday has already been gazetted, but the COGTA Minister has hammered home some fundamentals regarding family visits and social gatherings.

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However, before she reeled off a list of forbidden activities, Dlamini-Zuma reiterated her support for the reintroduction of the alcohol ban. She explained why the government has pulled liquor from the shelves once more, saying that booze can influence irresponsible behaviour – especially in social situations, and during family visits:

“The sale and dispensation of alcohol are only allowed to manufacture cleaning products, and for export sales abroad. When people drink in groups, they let their guard down. The masks will come off, and the social distancing will go. That’s when the spread will happen. Alcohol itself discourages good behaviour.”

“When people get drunk, some become violent. Some kill each other. People go out, drive, and create accidents that clog our trauma units and theatres, taking away from those who need support for COVID-19. That is why we have had to suspend the commercial sales of alcohol and discourage things like family visits.”

“It’s our responsibility to call the police when we see people with alcohol. The government is not trying to limit your rights, we are only trying to limit the spread of the virus. We remind you that social gatherings are still not allowed.”

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma outlines ‘banned activities’

However, the alcohol ban isn’t the only controversial topic of these enhanced lockdown restrictions. Dlamini-Zuma has since elaborated on some of Ramaphosa’s announcements, which were made on Sunday. She touched on six areas which remain subject to strict controls, and warned South Africans to follow these directives:

  • No nighttime travel: Curfew will be in place from 21:00 – 4:00 each night. NDZ revealed that exemptions only include key workers with the correct paperwork, or anyone experiencing a medical or security emergency.
  • No leisure getaways: Hotels, B&Bs, and lodges are not allowed for leisure travel. After much confusion, Dlamini-Zuma confirmed that they must only be used for quarantine purposes, isolation use, or business trips.
  • No border crossings: Inter-provincial travel is only allowed for funerals or work reasons. Our economic hubs have the most infections, according to the minister
  • No masks, no park entry: People will be allowed to walk in parks, so long as they are socially distanced and wearing face-coverings. There will be consequences for those who are non-compliant, Dlamini-Zuma said on Monday.
  • No beach visits allowed: No citizens will be allowed to visit the seaside, due to Cabinet’s concerns over ‘gatherings’.
  • No family gatherings, either: That’s because ‘hugging relatives’ poses a real danger. The head of COGTA is also concerned about ‘inter-generational’ challenges – with younger family members putting older ones at risk of the virus.