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Sale of liquor will not be banned – Fake News

Sale of liquor will not be banned – Fake News

On Monday, News24 reported on Whatsapp voice notes and messages that were circulating which claimed a decision had been taken to re-impose the prohibition on the sale of alcohol.

This comes after Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane told News24 he would lobby the national government to reinstate the ban in the province due to a surge in alcohol-related incidents since the start of Level 3.

According to Mabuyane, the Eastern Cape had recorded 3 141 cases linked to alcohol from 1 – 7 June.

This included, 25 of culpable homicide, 94 of murder, 335 assaults with grievous bodily harm cases, 42 of attempted murder, 51 of drunk driving and 25 of accidents under the influence.

Lungi Mtsahli, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson confirmed the rumours were nothing more than misinformation.

“The cabinet has not even met since the regulations came into effect, so there hasn’t even been a discussion on the matter,” Mtshali said.

The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) has called on all South Africans to refrain from spreading fake news. These rumours regarding the ban on the sale of alcohol will be reinstituted, is not only a criminal offence but could lead to panic buying.

In a statement BASA reiterated liquor sales would not be suspended this week.

“We call on all South Africans to refrain from spreading fake news.  Not only is it a criminal offence, it could lead to panic buying of alcohol, which will not only put a risk on the supply chain but undermine safety and social distancing measures implemented at outlets. We also urge consumers to drink responsibly at home.”

“BASA, along with the rest of the alcohol industry, remains committed to working with government to address any contravention of the lockdown regulations and ensure the safe and responsible trading and consumption of liquor during the Covid-19 outbreak.”

Source: News 24


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