Johannesburg – On Friday President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ban for alcohol would remain in place during the remainder of the extended national lockdown. There have, however, been mixed reaction from political parties over this decision by the president.
“We have put forward a smart lockdown model that speaks to opening up retail stores for the purchase of alcohol that allows people to buy alcohol between 10 am and 3 pm on weekdays,” said Mathew Cuthbert of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in strong disagreement with some of the Ramaphosa’s observations.
However, Bantu Holomisa, leader of the Democratic Alliance Movement (UDM) agreed with the president.
“The liquor should not be sold during this period until the issue of coronavirus has been addressed successfully,” Holomisa said.
The Gauteng Liquor Forum decided not to challenge the matter in court as they had initially threatened.