Ramaphosa defends alcohol sales suspension

Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa said the suspension on the sale of alcohol was necessary to free up healthcare resources to battle Covid-19.

“Now that infections are rising our health facilities… face challenges,” Ramaphosa said.

The president re-imposed a night curfew and a controversial alcohol sales ban on Sunday too in order to ease pressure on hospitals.

Those restrictions had been gradually lifted after the lockdown.

“It gave us an opportunity to prepare, to prepare our health facilities to be able to deal and cope with the rising infections,” reassured Ramaphosa.

Speaking on tobacco, Ramaphosa said it is a suspension that will be dealt with as the country moves up the levels.


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