- Police Minister Bheki Cele has extinguished any hopes of the ban on alcohol lifted
- With the coronavirus lockdown extended for another two weeks, people had hoped a concession could be made
- However, the Minister is adamant that liquor should not be the biggest concern during this time of crisis
Police Minister Bheki Cele says that people who are worried about alcohol during the coronavirus pandemic are not 'serious about life'.
Citizens have been questioning the current restrictions with many wondering why a virus would require a clampdown on drinking.
Nevertheless, Cele has made it's clear that the ban is firmly in place and he had a few stern words for those who are concerned over this issue
"Those people are the people who don't understand, the people who are not serious in life. It is a question of life and death. There are many other things, the economy itself we agree is suffering at a broader level, people are losing jobs, there will be liquidations. Alcohol cannot be the centre of complaints when you are facing such a serious problem."
Cele called upon South Africans to sober up in the face of the crisis and insisted that alcohol should not be at the centre of concerns during this difficult time.
The minister says that should the situation improve in the space of the next few weeks, life would be able to return to normal.
Citing the situation overseas, Cele said people were dying in huge numbers reporting that the United States had suffered 2 000 fatalities in the space of 24 hours.
With the situation so dire, the minister compared the issues raised over alcohol to the grim reality that has become this pandemic.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had made it clear that the decision to extend the lockdown period had been made in a bid to prevent the loss of life in the country, even if it came at severe economic costs.
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