- The National Union of Metalworkers of SA has called on the government to stop using alcohol as an excuse for its failure to provide healthcare
- The return of the ban has seen numerous entities criticising the state for the sudden move
- NUMSA insists that booze is not to blame for the current shortage of hospital beds
The National Union of Metalworkers of SA has taken on the government over the controversial liquor ban.
In a statement issued in response to the return of the ban, NUMSA told the government not to use it as an excuse to hide its failure to provide a functioning healthcare system:
“Alcohol is not to blame for shortages of hospital beds, the government is."
NUMSA insists that the call to reimplement the ban was an attempt to reduce costs in the healthcare sector, claiming there are not enough facilities to treat Covid-19 in SA.
The nation's largest union slammed the decision, saying it didn't take into account to the economic impact of the ban:
“To make matters worse, they unilaterally banned alcohol, with no regard whatsoever for how this will impact on workers in the sector. They have made no plans for workers to receive salaries or some kind of income whilst the ban is in place."
The entire ordeal, according to NUMSA, was a concerning display of the ANC's failure:
“For 26 years the ANC government has refused to uproot the racial distribution of economic and social opportunities in this country, thereby condemning the vast majority of the population – which is African and black – to a life of drug and alcohol abuse, and extreme violent crime including rape and gender-based violence."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the liquor industry had released a joint statement saying that it had been completely 'blindsided' by the immediate return of the ban.
This move, according to the sector itself, had the potential to impact nearly a million jobs in SA:
"The liquor industry has a wide and deep value chain employing almost one million people across the country. The government’s decision has serious economic consequences, placing hundreds of thousands of livelihoods at risk."
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