- Police Minister Bheki Cele has called for the ban on alcohol to return amid the Covid-19 lockdown
- The minister says that there is enough evidence to justify the return of the controversial prohibition
- This comes as Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane petitions national government to reinstate the ban in his province
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Police Minister Bheki Cele insists that there is enough evidence to warrant the return of the alcohol ban.
With South Africa still enduring the Covid-19 lockdown, the relaxation of the ban had coincided with an increase in liquor-related accidents and serious crime.
Cele says that this is sufficient evidence to reinstate the restriction for the good of Mzansi:
"I have said it all the time that if I were given the opportunity to run and decide alone on this matter, then my first prize would be to ban the alcohol because I believe there is a lot of evidence that it is not doing good."
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The minister reiterated that crime levels have increased since the beginning of Level 3 of the lockdown.
Cele is hopeful that the National Coronaviurs Command Council will 'do the right thing' and reinstate the ban.
Briefly.co.za reported that Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane had gone as far as to petition the national government to bring back the ban in his province.
With the Eastern Cape a major cause for concern amid the outbreak, Mabuyane insists that it would be for the safety and health of residents:
"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."
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