Provinces with greatest Covid-19 strain call for return of liquor ban

Provinces with greatest Covid-19 strain call for return of liquor ban

- The premiers of the provinces experiencing the highest number of Covid-19 infections have condemned alcohol abuse during lockdown

- The Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng leaders have all issued warnings on the subject

- Gauteng Premier David Makhura has committed to announcing more on the subject soon

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The Premiers of the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng provinces have warned residents against lockdown alcohol abuse. explained that Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has taken a firm stance against the relaxation of the lockdown liquor ban, calling on the national government to bring it back.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has revealed he would be addressing the province on the subject soon.

News24 reports that Western Cape Premier Alan Winde noted a drastic spike in alcohol abuse-related crimes:

“I need you to be self-disciplined. What we have seen in some areas is the abuse of alcohol. In terms of trauma, we have also seen some strain on our hospitals. You are putting yourself and others in danger."

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Winde had alluded to a possible reinstatement of the ban, commenting further that:

"Please drink responsibly and play your part. If this doesn't happen, we will have no choice but to explore alternative steps to ensure that this happens."

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had recently acknowledged the pressure the relaxation had placed on the health care sector at a crucial point of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With over 4 000 new infections reported over the space of 24-hours space in hospitals are critically important.

Police Minister Bheki Cele, a firm advocate against alcohol, has also supported the call for the return of the ban. Cele had also noted the increase of crimes when alcohol came back into the mix.

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