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[UPDATE] Liquor forum puts threatened court case over alcohol ban, on ice

19 April 2020 3:00 PM
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lockdown extension
alcohol sales
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The Presidency earlier turned down the Gauteng Liquor Forum's request to lift the ban on alcohol sales during lockdown.

"The Presidency has declined the request of the Gauteng Liquor Forum for its members to sell alcohol during the declared national state of disaster."

That's the official response after the forum - representing more than 20 000 taverns and shebeens in Gauteng - approached President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the ban on alcohol sales and threatened to take its case to the Constitutional Court.

The body's now indicated it won't be taking the matter to court at this stage, reports EWN on Sunday.

Instead, its lawyers have reportedly given the president until Thursday 23 April to confirm what his future plans are.

The statement by the Presidency re-emphasizes that alcohol is not considered an essential item during the nationwide lockdown.

These [representations] however have had to be weighed up against the imperative of all South African businesses and citizens to comply with the lockdown regulations, the health implications of consumption of alcohol and the priority to ensure social distancing during this principle. As such, alcohol is not considered an essential good or item. It is in fact considered a hindrance to the fight against the coronavirus.

Presidency statement

RELATED: 9, 000 fewer alcohol-related trauma unit admissions since start of lockdown

The statement also draws attention to the links between alcohol, violent crime and road accidents, saying the health services' resources should now be focused on treating Covid-19 patients.

It directs affected businesses to the help that is available.

Indeed it is regrettable and inevitable that the lockdown will cause severe financial hardships on many businesses, not just in the liquor industry; it is for that reason that government continues to call on businesses that are in distress to approach the small business department, the unemployment insurance fund and many other private sector initiatives that have been setup to assist.

Presidency statement

Read the full statement here.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : [UPDATE] Liquor forum puts threatened court case over alcohol ban, on ice




19 April 2020 3:00 PM
Tags:
Presidency
lockdown extension
alcohol sales
alcohol sale ban

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