- Thousands of citizens are revolting against lockdown regulations relating to alcohol and tobacco products
- Under the banner of #BanTheBan, South Africans are voicing their displeasure over the enduring regulations
- This comes as both industries record losses amounting to billions with warnings of severe job losses in the not-so-distant future
The government might be sticking to its story that both the alcohol and tobacco bans were implemented to save lives during the Covid-19 pandemic, but citizens aren't amused.
South Africans have united and are calling for the nation to #BanTheBan in protest of the immense economic and social cost of the restrictions.
Some have voiced a sense of abandonment with the government implementing measures that have cost many their jobs without giving any indication as to what will be done to secure the nation's future.
With industry giants cancelling billions in investments and the SA Revenue Service confirming immense tax losses, the finances of the Covid-19 lockdown paints a grim picture of SA's chances moving forward.
Citizens are witnessing new allegations of corruption relating to Covid-19 relief funds on a regular basis at this point, further heightening the distrust in the state's gameplan to combat the crisis.
People are well aware that the black market for these prohibited items is flourishing due to the spike in demand with consumers facing steep prices for sub-standard products.
The government's promises to prepare the health care system for the influx in cases has also been brought into question, with citizens wondering how lifting the ban would amount to more pressure on a prepared sector.
Many argue that the tax revenue brought in from these products could help fight the virus or even stabilise the economy moving forward.
However, it seems unlikely that the government is prepared to come to the table in this regard any time soon.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had rejected the notion of lifting the bans, adamant that SA simply isn't ready.
Mkhize pointed to increased pressure on the public health care system as the leading reason why a relaxation of the restriction is out of the question.
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