No cigarettes, no alcohol, no walking the dog and now no kissing.
This was the latest demand from Police Minister Bheki Cele as part of his plea for South Africans to maintain physical distancing in a bid to try to curb the rapid spreading of Covid-19.
Addressing law enforcement agencies in Secunda in Mpumalanga yesterday, Cele, while wearing a face mask not covering his nose, urged people to keep their distance – even in the middle of the night.
“When you get time to stay in, stay in Maintain social distancing, even at night. Don’t come close no more than a metre. No kissing. No nothing. Keep a distance. Even in the middle of the night,” he told a giggling audience.
The minister did not mince his words in making it clear that social distancing was one way in which to deal with the spread of the virus.
He also told the officers that those who would not listen, must be dealt with harshly.
“This thing of thinking only forces must behave, must end When they are gallivanting, tell them to go back to their houses.
“If they don’t listen, push them back to their houses,” an animated Cele said.
He also had some harsh words for those who were looting liquor stores.
The minister said he could not understand why they would choose to rather do this than rob food stores.