Ramaphosa told to lift cigarette, alcohol ban and move to Level 2 lockdown

Johannesburg – The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and cabinet have been advised to lift the ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarette and move the country to Alert Level Two of the nationwide lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce his decision this week.

It’s confirmed that Ramaphosa chaired a meeting of the NCCC and Cabinet on Tuesday where the overwhelming argument was in favour of fully reopening the economy, in light of the fact that fewer Covid-19 cases have been reported daily.

Officials say they were told that hospitals were not overwhelmed as expected, and that South Africa’s recovery rate showed a positive trajectory.

The discussion on whether or not to fully reopen the economy was first held on Sunday, at an extended meeting of the Forum of South African Directors-General (Fosad).

Minister Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told the court in two different matters that the government would re-evaluate the alcohol regularly.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu could not be reached for comment.

The Presidency would not confirm whether Ramaphosa would address the nation on the matter this week.


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