Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
7 Apr 2021
5:15 am

Ramaphosa’s booze off-site sale ban ‘illogical’

Brian Sokutu

Store owner questions latitude given to ‘super spreaders’ – bars and shebeens.

Tarven owners stock their liquor at Oasis Liquor Wholesalers in Johannesburg, 6 April 2021, after the Easter holidays. President Cyril Ramaphosa's ban covered the upcoming long weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday. The ban applied only to sales for off-site consumption. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

As the country’s liquor traders opened for business yesterday after suffering losses in alcohol sales during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first Covid-19 Easter alcohol ban, there was a mixed reaction from industry players, with Kempton Park’s Liquor City bottle store owner Cynthia Nunes claiming the president’s decision was wrong. In anticipation of the negative impact associated with the abundance of liquor during Easter, Ramaphosa restricted the sale of alcohol for off-site consumption last Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, claiming that liquor fuelled “reckless behaviour”. “On-site sales at restaurants, shebeens and bars will be allowed, according to licensing conditions, up until 11pm,”...