Government backtracks on claim ciggie, alcohol ban will remain

Government backtracks on claim ciggie, alcohol ban will remain

- The South African Government has taken to social media to rectify a mistake made earlier on the account

- Tweets were posted on Wednesday morning claiming the ban on tobacco and alcohol will remain in place until the end of lockdown

- However, the government now said it is not true and the ban is only in place thus far under lockdown Level 3

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The controversial ban on alcohol and tobacco has had South Africans fuming for months now and a recent tweet by the South African Government did not help the matter.

The post from an official government account on social media caused a stir after claiming that the ban on liquor and tobacco is here to stay as long as SA remains under lockdown.

Without so much as a peep from President Cyril Ramaphosa or his ministers, the government claimed that the prohibition would be extended indefinitely:

“The ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarette will remain in place throughout the lockdown period. The purpose is to save lives and protect the health and well-being of our people. #AlcoholBan”
Government backtracks on claim ciggie, alcohol ban will remain

Ramaphosa had earlier promised that the bans would not be permanent. Image: @GovernmentZA.
Source: Twitter

However, it now appears the earlier post was made in error. The Government rectified the mistake on Wednesday afternoon, adding the previous claim was false.

The latest post read:

"This account posted a tweet earlier today which said that the ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarettes would remain in place throughout the lockdown period. This is incorrect. The sale of alcohol and tobacco products is prohibited under the current Level 3 regulations."

Take a look at the post below:

In another tweet, the government continued:

"This decision may be reviewed at any time by the relevant structures should the conditions which necessitated it change. We regret any confusion the tweet has caused."

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Social media users were happy to hear the earlier post was a mistake but they weren't too pleased with the government making errors and causing panic online.

Yusuf Abramjee called out the government, writing:

"Thank you for clarifying. But please don’t just tweet without proper facts."

Meanwhile, previously reported President Cyril Ramaphosa has put pen to paper and officially signed into law the Border Management Authority Bill.

In a statement from the Presidency on Tuesday, it was confirmed that the bill was passed by the National Assembly in March.

The statement continued to explain that this law would serve to reinforce the nation's borders:

"The legislation addresses a need identified by government and diverse stakeholders in the economy for an integrated and well-coordinated border management service that will ensure secure travel and legitimate trade in accordance with the Constitution and international and domestic law."

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