Opposition continues to grow over the banning of alcohol sales during the national lockdown. The Gauteng Liquor Forum is threatening to go to court unless government lifts the current ban on alcohol sales. The forum represents about 20,000 liquor businesses and argues the ban is unreasonable and unconstitutional. It is exactly the prohibition on the selling of alcohol by our clients during the lockdown period which is at the epicentre of the present challenge by our clients,” the forum said in a statement
It says less restrictive measures could have been taken and argued that they weren’t consulted about the decision to extend the lockdown. Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele says numerous arrests have been made after at least 14 bottle stores were broken into.
He says this is organised crime as some store managers were caught collaborating with two police officers. The officers have since been arrested. Cele says law enforcement will come down harder on shebeens that continue to supply alcohol during the lockdown.
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Key players in the lucrative alcohol industry have warned that the industry is bleeding billions of rands in lost revenue due to the ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown.
The Beer Association of South Africa, the South African Liquor Brand Owners Association and Vinpro, which represents more than 3000 wine producers, in their submission to government, said the ban on alcohol trade will lead to a surge in the sale of the illicit alcohol. Read more