- The Gauteng government has welcomed the ban on booze
- Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku said the ban would relieve pressure on the strained healthcare system
- President Cyril Ramaphosa banned the sale and distribution of alcohol on Sunday with immediate effect
On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an immediate ban on the sale and distribution of alcohol and as well as introduced a 9pm to 4am curfew.
The ban on alcohol has been met with different reactions as many people were not expecting the announcement. The ban has been reinstated to relief pressure from the healthcare system as Covid-19 cases soar.
Ramaphosa also announced that taxis would be allowed to load 100% capacity for short trips.
The Gauteng government has welcomed the reinstatement of the ban.
Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku said the provincial government has welcomed the decision of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to immediately suspend the sale of alcohol.
"It is going to give us great relief on our trauma cases and it will play a role in reducing the numbers, as well as relieving the stress and the pressure at our facilities."
News24 reported that hospitals across the country have been burdened by alcohol-linked trauma cases since the sale of alcohol was allowed again on 1 June.
"This is a fight to save every life, and we need to save every bed.
"There is now clear evidence that the resumption of alcohol sales has resulted in substantial pressure being put on hospitals, including trauma and ICU units, due to motor vehicle accidents, violence and other related trauma."
The sale of alcohol was allowed under lockdown Level 3 as part of the risk-adjusted lockdown strategy.
Almost immediately after, hospitals began seeing a spike in patients being admitted because of alcohol-linked cases.
Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane was one of the first government officials to call for the alcohol ban to be reinstated.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has defended the ban on alcohol.
During her briefing on Monday, she said the ban on alcohol was supported by evidence.
Dlamini-Zuma said they have received a plethora of letters from the medical fraternity complaining about the rise in alcohol-linked cases.
She added that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has the figures that show the impact of the sale of alcohol.
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