- EFF leader Julius Malema has called for the ban on alcohol sales to be reinstated
- Julius Malema said alcohol-linked cases are burdening an already-ailing health system
- In his Youth Day address, Malema also criticised Ramaphosa for his actions
EFF leader Julius Malema has become the latest public official to call for the reinstatement of the ban on alcohol.
Malema has asked the government to reinstate the ban for the whole duration of the Covid-19 lockdown.
Speaking at his party's Youth Day rally on Tuesday, Malema said the impact of alcohol consumption was affecting an already-ailing health system.
Malema said the only solution to relieve pressure off the health system was to ban the sale of alcohol as was the case during lockdown Levels 4 and 5.
South Africa relaxed its regulations and entered Level 3 on 1 June and since then there have been numerous incidents linked to alcohol, including a drunk truck driver ploughing into a marketplace and killing eight people.
Hospitals around the country have also been inundated with alcohol-linked cases. Epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim said that the influx of alcohol-linked incidents in hospitals poses a risk because non-infected people might come into contact with infected people in trauma wards.
Malema added that hospitals like Groote Schuur in Cape Town reported a spike in the number of people admitted to its trauma unit because of alcohol.
Chris Hani Baragwanath also doubled its admissions since 1 June.
"A majority of these patients were there due to alcohol-related incidences such as motor vehicle accidents, domestic abuse or interpersonal violence."
Briefly.co.za reported that Malema slammed the ANC in his Youth Day address and accused the president of "abandoning the ship".
Malema also took a swing at President Cyril Ramaphosa. The EFF leader said:
"This painful reality is a result of the incompetence, spineless [sic] and cowardice of our government led by a coward Ramaphosa who sacrificed the lives of South Africans in the interest of capital."
Malema also reiterated that they are opposed to what they believed to be a premature opening of schools.
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