- On Wednesday, president Cyril Ramaphosa held his second presidential imbizo where he responded to questions and queries from South Africans
- In one of his responses, the president suggested that South Africans should expect some infringement on their rights
- Ramaphosa said the country is at 'war' and rights will be restricted for survival
President Cyril Ramaphosa held his second presidential imbizo on Wednesday night, taking questions via calls from local community organisations and the general public.
Ramaphosa was addressing all the standard topics, the head of state ended up replying in a very blunt manner to one query, suggesting that South Africans "must expect their rights to be affected".
Since the national Covid-19 lockdown started in March in a bid to help the country get ready for the pandemic that was coming, there have been complaints about citizen rights being violated.
The initial "hard" lockdown introduced a ban on alcohol and cigarette sales, brought about a curfew and instituted various roadblocks across the country.
As the country has been eased into lockdown Level 3, the Level 5 conditions of a ban on booze, a curfew and cigarettes are yet again in place.
The South African reported that civil liberties have been put on hold in more ways than one and, according to the president, all these decisions are necessary.
"We know, as I’ve said previously, it [the alcohol ban] is an imposition on our rights. We are now in a war. We are in a war zone and our rights will inadvertently be affected and restricted for our own survival. This is because we’ve got to protect every life."
The president said the government was simply trying to limit the spread of the virus with all the measures in place.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the alcohol ban has been in the spotlight since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that it would immediately come into effect.
Parliament recently heard how the return of the liquor ban could reduce trauma admissions to hospital by 50 000 incidents over eight weeks. This move is expected to save SA R1.3 billion and help treat around 18 000 Covid-19 patients in general wards alone.
Parliament heard how this relief would only be achieved through a total ban on alcohol but not everyone is convinced that this is the answer.
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