Johannesburg – Cosatu says government has an equal duty to protect people who depend on the sale of alcohol to make a living.
The union federation has joined calls for the ban of alcohol sales to be lifted.
“We to bear in mind that hundreds of thousands of workers depend upon the sale of alcohol in legal companies, from the farms to the distilleries, to the transportation systems, manufacturing, retailers, and restaurants.
“So we need to get the balance right. For us the banning of alcohol including the lockdown was a temporary measure to give space to the hospitals,” Cosatu’s Matthew Parks said.
The federation adds that strict regulations should be implemented, to ensure that people drink responsibly.