Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has delivered several warnings to the public, after the government decided to tighten lockdown restrictions in South Africa. Most of what President Ramaphosa said during his speech on Sunday has already been gazetted, but the COGTA Minister has hammered home some fundamentals regarding family visits and social gatherings.
However, before she reeled off a list of forbidden activities, Dlamini-Zuma reiterated her support for the reintroduction of the alcohol ban. She explained why the government has pulled liquor from the shelves once more, saying that booze can influence irresponsible behaviour – especially in social situations, and during family visits:
“The sale and dispensation of alcohol are only allowed to manufacture cleaning products, and for export sales abroad. When people drink in groups, they let their guard down. The masks will come off, and the social distancing will go. That’s when the spread will happen. Alcohol itself discourages good behaviour.”
“When people get drunk, some become violent. Some kill each other. People go out, drive, and create accidents that clog our trauma units and theatres, taking away from those who need support for COVID-19. That is why we have had to suspend the commercial sales of alcohol and discourage things like family visits.”
“It’s our responsibility to call the police when we see people with alcohol. The government is not trying to limit your rights, we are only trying to limit the spread of the virus. We remind you that social gatherings are still not allowed.”Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
However, the alcohol ban isn’t the only controversial topic of these enhanced lockdown restrictions. Dlamini-Zuma has since elaborated on some of Ramaphosa’s announcements, which were made on Sunday. She touched on six areas which remain subject to strict controls, and warned South Africans to follow these directives: