'If we find booze in your boot, even if sealed, you'll be arrested,' he said.
"For 21 days, please stay sober."
This was the message from police minister Bheki Cele on Wednesday.
To this end, no selling of alcohol will be allowed at bottle stores, while bars, taverns and shisanyamas will be shut throughout the 21 days of lockdown.
"Movement of alcohol will be restricted. There shall be no movement of liquor from point A to B," said Cele. "If we find liquor in your car's boot, that is illegal. If you break these laws, you are six months in jail or fined."
Cele said if people stayed sober, there would be fewer shootings, stabbings and car accidents.
Starting today Thursday the 26th of March 2020, South Africa is entering total lockdown amid escalating numbers of covid-19 infections.As of 25th March, SA had 709 confirmed cases.
Soldiers and police will be manning the streets to make sure all citizens adhere to the measures implemented by the government. No dog walking shall be allowed either.
The ministry of transport also announced the closure of Vehicle Testing Centres and Drivers' Licence Testing Centres (DLTCSs)