Gauteng considers joining call for sale of alcohol to be banned again

Johannesburg – Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s government will make a decision in the next few days on whether they will support the call for the reinstatement of the alcohol ban.

Makhura said this during a media briefing on Friday, while providing an update on the coronavirus pandemic.

“The cumulative impact is something we can see, especially in the wards. We were happy that some of the wards were empty. Some are now filling up. When the discussion takes place there is no doubt that we will share the experience of Eastern Cape.

“We will say that we are deeply concerned. We have not yet come to the decision as Provincial Command Council that says alcohol should be completely banned. We have been dealing with the effect of it.”

The province’s Health MEC Dr. Bandile Masuku said the provincial leadership would “gladly” participate in a discussion to reinstate a ban on alcohol.

“It is an issue we are concerned about and that the national Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) should consider a discussion on the usage and the opening of alcohol. We will gladly participate in that discussion, particularly around the discussion of the ban of alcohol,” Masuku said.

Makhura said the PCC would finalise a decision in the next few days, adding that they wanted Masuku “to provide evidence from all our hospitals but also our community health centres”.


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