- A video has circulated via social media, which seemingly mocked President Cyril Ramaphosa, as someone questioned the ban on the sale of liquor
- EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu rallied behind Ramaphosa and justified the ban
- The post had a polarising effect, as some questioned Shivambu's motives
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President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed South Africans on Sunday and an important announcement was made.
Ramaphosa confirmed that South Africa would remain on lockdown level three, but that stricter measures would be applied.
The announcement included the decision to re-implement the ban on the sale of alcohol and not all South Africans are smiling about it.
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A video has now been circulating on social media, which reveals a woman mocking the president and questioning the reason for the ban.
EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu took exception to the video and leapt to Ramaphosa's defence:
"This video is completely out of order and unacceptable. Alcohol leads to violence, a lot of wrong doing and burdens hospitals, so the ban on alcohol sales is a sensible step, even when it’s late."
The tweet can be viewed below.
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Shivambu's tweet sparked a polarising response, as many disagreed with his sentiments and questioned his motives.
El Pristo (@EPristo) said,
"In a democracy people will say all kinds of things about the President, some of which are disrespectful. Am glad I live in a country where people who criticise and mock the President do not get arrested or disappear. Our President has the composure and grace to laugh at this."
Bucs_Bhakaniya (@NgimNgedwa) added,
"Malema called the President a basstard & you didn't say anything."
Jakuza (@xWilus) said,
"Yeah, I actually wonder why you shared this video. It is not like the EFF leadership have been showing a lot respect to the president lately."
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that the liquor industry says that it has been blindsided by the sudden return of the ban on alcohol.
The sector has warned of the dire economic fallout including job losses that would be prompted by this move.
This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ban would kick in with immediate effect.
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