- The hotly debated alcohol ban continues to weigh on the minds of citizens
- The Gauteng Liquor Forum has threatened to go to court if the current restrictions aren't lifted
- The forum insists that the ban is not only unreasonable but unconstitutional
The controversial ban on the sale of alcohol continues to receive backlash from citizens and businesses alike.
The Gauteng Liquor Forum, who represents about 20 000 businesses, says that it is willing to take the matter to court if the restrictions aren't lifted.
In a statement issued on the situation, the forum claims that the rules are unreasonable and unconstitutional:
"It is exactly the prohibition on the selling of alcohol by our clients during the lockdown period which is at the epicentre of the present challenge by our clients."
The forum feels that less drastic measures could have been implemented, arguing that they hadn't been consulted when the lockdown was extended for an additional two weeks.
Briefly.co.za reported that Minister Bheki Cele had stood firm in the face of immense criticism and refused to budge on the matter.
Cele had slammed those concerned over alcohol during the coronavirus crisis for not taking the matter seriously:
"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."
Meanwhile, Cele says the consequences for those caught selling liquor during this time has been escalated.
The minister says that, in addition to alcohol being confiscated and citizens arrested, officers will be destroying the infrastructure as well.
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