- The Gauteng Liquor Forum threatened President Cyril Ramaphosa with legal action if the ban on the sale of liquor is not lifted
- The president is weighing up the merits of the argument and a decision will be announced on Friday
- The Economic Freedom Fighters issued a stern statement and strongly condemned the idea
The Gauteng Liquor Forum threatened to take legal action to oppose President Ramaphosa's ban on the sale of liquor during the nationwide lockdown.
The forum initially demanded an updated decision by midday on Tuesday, but government is reportedly weighing up the options.
Briefly.co.za reported that in a letter responding to the forum, the Presidency confirmed that the subject would be discussed at an upcoming meeting.
Sunday World reported that the forum’s lawyer, Eric Mabuza, reluctantly agreed to waiting until Friday for an announcement.
Mabuza said, “As you know, court must always be the last resort. However, if they don’t give a satisfactory response on Friday, we will go to court.”
However, Briefly.co.za learnt that the EFF is not happy that the idea is even being considered.
The political party issued a strong statement, which condemned the notion and the party's lawyers advised the Presidency accordingly.
Ian Levitt Attorneys and Conveyancers advised that the lifting of the ban would not benefit the public and that it would be unfair towards other businesses.
The attorneys stated: “Our client’s view is that should the removal, amendment or upliftment of the regulations banning the sale of alcoholic beverages take place, there is a risk that shebeens and taverns will be open to operate, which will completely eliminate the purpose of the national lockdown.”
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