- The ANC Women's League has thrown its weight behind the tobacco and liquor ban
- ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini has voiced the group's opposition to demands to lift the prohibition
- The league has voiced this opinion in a submission made to the National Coronavirus Command Council
ANC Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini has come out in firm support of the ban on liquor and tobacco amid the Covid-19 national lockdown.
This stance on the matter has been submitted by the organisation to the National Coronavirus Command Council, reiterating a stance voiced earlier this year.
In this submission, the ANCWL listed health risks associated with smoking and questioned the wisdom of unbanning tobacco:
“We also take into consideration that most of the smokers who don't have money, have a tendency of sharing a cigarette and thus having a potential of increasing infection as those who might be Covid-19 positive will leave droplets of saliva on the filters of cigarettes to be shared with the next person. It will be difficult or impractical to regulate not sharing of cigarettes. With these available scientific facts on the dangers of tobacco, what informed the decision of unbanning the selling of cigarettes while fighting the Covid-19?”
Dlamini has since spoken to TimesLIVE, confirming that the group has not changed its mind on the matter:
“We don’t support that (the reopening of alcohol and tobacco sales), we have even made a submission to that effect. We know how this virus operates now, we are in the peak now and another peak could follow. So our position remains that we will not support the lifting of the ban on alcohol and cigarettes."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address SA on a possible migration to Level 2 this week.
Ramaphosa was reportedly advised to lift both bans and reopen the economy which has taken an immense knock during the pandemic.
The Democratic Alliance has supported this advice, urging the President to 'grow a spine' and ease restrictions so that the economy can begin recovering from the crisis.
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