- Numerous social media posts have been doing the rounds claiming that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing the nation
- After ministers called for stricter alcohol laws following a gruesome weekend many citizens believed a claim that the ban would return on Tuesday
- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind the viral post which prompted some panic buying
A voice note has spread like wildfire after claiming that President Cyril Ramaphosa would be addressing the nation on Tuesday evening.
Shared on numerous platforms an unnamed man claims that the government plans to pull a fast one and suddenly return the lockdown ban on liquor.
The recording claims that bottle stores will be closed on Tuesday with Ramaphosa expected to make an announcement at the usual 8 pm:
"I'm just letting you know the bottle stores will be closing. Will be the last day today. Tonight, 8 o'clock he is talking."
The supposed informant alleged that this was in response to the weekend's carnage which saw hundreds of citizens arrested and multiple accidents.
This just a week since the controversial ban was lifted under strict conditions with sales only permitted from Monday to Thursday and during certain times.
This claim prompted numerous citizens across the country to begin queuing outside of bottle stores in an attempt to stock up before the ban was reimposed.
However, this is most certainly fake news with the Democratic Alliance's Natasha Mazzone slamming it as false:
“People need to treat such voice notes with caution as they cause panic."
So South Africans can rest assured that, at least for the time being, they will be able to access liquor with ease.
However, there has been some top officials that have voiced immense concern after an undeniably questionable weekend under Level 2.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula had called for a more permanent tightening of SA's liquor laws.
Mbalula pointed out that the nation's abusive relationship with alcohol pre-dated Covid-19 and needed to be addressed as a long-term issue.
Police Minister Bheki Cele also voiced support for harsher measures to be taken on Monday lamenting the loss of life due to alcohol.
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