- The Economic Freedom Fighters have slammed the DA's call to provisionally open liquor stores as murderous
- The Red Berets have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to dismiss the request outright
- This follows Ramaphosa's insistence that the current alcohol ban remain firmly in place
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The Economic Freedom Fighters are of the view that the DA's proposal to provisionally open liquor stores as nothing short of murderous.
In a statement issued on Monday, the party called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to dismiss the DA's proposal outright:
"The EFF calls on Ramaphosa to dismiss the DA's murderous proposal to resume the sale of alcohol during weekends. It is clear the DA is a quintessential mouthpiece of the alcohol industry which demands its profit interests to trump the fight against Covid-19."
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The party commended the fact that the restrictions have managed to remain in place amid fierce relation in South Africa:
"All evidence points to the fact that the alcohol ban has had the greatest benefit for general social stability and reservation of medical resources. Medical scientists have shown that the majority of trauma cases in hospitals are alcohol-related, from road fatalities to inter-personal fights. The have also shown beyond a reasonable doubt that alcohol deteriorates the immune system."
The EFF further slammed the DA's proposal as a 'conspiracy for mass murder and social instability':
"It can only be the DA's racist disregard of black communities that leads it to campaign on such a murderous agenda. It is public hospitals, which service mostly black people, that will be overwhelmed with alcohol-related trauma cases, and not their private health facilities which service white people."
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had opted to keep the current ban firmly in place despite the outcry from citizens and even threats of legal action.
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