- Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane is sticking to his call for a reinstatement of the liquor ban
- This comes after the region's leader faced fierce criticism over his call for booze to once again be prohibited
- The province's Covid-19 command council has noted a serious spike in crime after the ban was lifted
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Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane is adamant that liquor should only be permitted in the province under Level 1 of the Covdi-19 lockdown.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mabuyane voiced his unpopular opinion after seeing the destruction following the relaxation of the regulations.
The Premier has clapped back against critics who had condemned this call, adamant that his motion was justified:
"We didn't just wake up and decide to call for the ban. We are reacting to the repercussions that have been caused by the consumption of liquor. The backlash is coming from people who are irresponsible, selfish and looking after their own interests and own lives."
The province has decided to petition the national government in a bid to have the alcohol ban reinstated and kept in place until Level 1.
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Commenting on the matter during an oversight visit to an East London hospital on Wednesday, Mabuyane said:
"We are interested in liquor because it's one of the big players in the economy; it creates jobs and we want to protect the industry, but we cannot do that at the expense of lives."
While the Premier has opted against going for the popular vote, Mabuyane insists he has the interests of his people at heart:
"We are a responsible government; we are a government of the people, for the people, by the people. We are not the government of liquor, for liquor, by the liquor."
Speaking ahead of a meeting with the Eastern Cape Liquor Forum, spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha commented that:
"The meeting will discuss the decision of the provincial coronavirus command council to request national government to reinstate prohibition of trade and distribution of alcohol in the province from now until we get to Alert Level 1."
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