Covid-19: Ramaphosa hints at possible concession over liquor ban

Covid-19: Ramaphosa hints at possible concession over liquor ban

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked the Gauteng Liquor Board to put plans to challenge the liquor ban on ice

- Ramaphosa asked that the case be suspended pending the outcome of an NCC meeting later this week

- This meeting could possibly see some the regulations in place relaxed amid mass public outcry

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President Cyril Ramaphosa's legal team have asked the Gauteng Liquor Board to hold off on their case.

The forum seeks to challenge the current restrictions on alcohol during the coronavirus lockdown, but it seems that the government may well already be contemplating changing the rules.

In a letter responding to the forum, the Presidency confirmed that the subject would be discussed at an upcoming meeting

"The National Command Council, the Presidency and other relevant parties are meeting again this week, specifically to discuss the details of Government's economic assistance programme. This includes assistance offered to small businesses such as those of your clients, and other measures to mitigate the effects of the lockdown extension."

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South Africans chafing at the bit to have liquor unbanned will be happy to hear some sort of concession may be on the cards as early as Friday.

While the Presidency did not specify whether or not the ban would be lifted, it did request that the legal action be stalled until then

"We anticipate that the results of these discussions may well have a bearing on the issues raised by your client. Therefore, in order to be in a position to respond to your letter fully, we ask that you afford us until close of business on Friday, 17 April 2020, to respond to your letter."

Briefly.co.za reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele had remained unflinching in his resolve to keep the restrictions in place, dubbing those who were worried about the restrictions as 'not serious about life'.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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