South Africans might go for a few more months without alcohol and cigarettes

indafrica May 23, 2020
Updated 2020/05/23 at 2:22 AM

Smokers and alcohol lovers in South Africa might have to endure living without their drinks and fixes for a little longer.

Details emerging are that the country which is preparing to enter level 3 of their lockdown on 1 June might not ease restrictions on alcohol and tobacco products.

Reports from News24 have it that Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) that the sale of tobacco and alcohol should continue to be banned until the country reaches Level 1 of the lockdown.

This suggestion sparked a debate in the meeting which was being chaired by the President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was in support of the notion to continue with the ban till lockdown level 1.

The government had initially agreed that they would lift alcohol and tobacco restrictions during level 3.

It seems Zuma was not pleased with this. The source says she came to the meeting with loads of scientific research that proved that alcohol and tobacco could be threats to health during a pandemic like corona.

No final decision regarding the matter was reached during the meeting.

Currently South Africa is seating at more than 20 000 cases of the virus.

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