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Lockdown: Ramaphosa says alcohol is not an essential product

President Cyril Ramaphosa has refused a request from the Gauteng Liquor Forum to ease the restrictions on the sale of alcohol during the nationwide lockdown.

He said that the decision was taken to restrict people from being reckless after being drunk because of the “dangers associated” with the sale of alcohol.

Also, he said in a letter sent through the State Attorney, that the sale of alcohol was “not an essential service” and that selling it would impact negatively on the country's battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Alcohol was also responsible for an increase in crime and was a major reason for medical emergencies.

A week ago the forum threatened to go the Constitutional Court over the restrictions, which they said would “gravely” affect the 20,000 micro and small businesses in Gauteng they represent.

The increasing days of the lockdown in combination with the total ban on alcohol sales would “most likely ruin” these businesses, the forum said. The forum seems to be very angry with the decision that President Ramaphosa is making in terms of the alcohol sales.

Ramaphosa was initially given until Tuesday to respond, but asked for an extension until Friday.

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