Alcohol Ban


Gauteng considering another ban on alcohol sales

Liquor sales could soon be prohibited again in Gauteng if evidence points to alcohol as the cause in the spike in trauma cases.

Alcohol Ban


Gauteng is another province considering reinstating a ban on liquor sales, as public health facilities feel the effects of “alcohol-related” trauma cases.

Alcohol sales only returned as South Africa entered Level 3 lockdown at the start of June. Since then, there have been calls for government to reconsider allowing booze back on the shelves, most notably from Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane.

Gauteng could soon ban booze again

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has made an indication that his province could soon prohibit the sale of alcohol.

The province is one of the heaviest-hit in the country in terms of coronavirus caseload, with 7 953 confirmed cases as at 11 June.

Makhura says the provincial government has noted an increase in trauma admissions, with alcohol consumption cited as the main cause.

The matter, according to Makhura, is still under consideration.

“We would like to approach this matter from the evidence. We would not like to have an emotional relationship within a debate, we want to demonstrate whatever decision that is to be made. If we say the results that we are seeing is more violence, more motor vehicle accidents that are associated with alcohol, we will come to that conclusion.”

David Makhura, Gauteng Premier

Could South Africa renege on alcohol sales?

According to the National Command Council on Coronavirus, the rationale behind the initial ban on liquor sales was to reduce the load on public health facilities, in anticipation of a spike in hospital admissions caused by COVID-19.

Earlier in the week, Police Minister Bheki Cele said he had also noted a worrying trend in serious crimes such as murder since the sale of alcohol was permitted.

“Until 1 June, we would have had about 32 people dying. But on the first day of alcohol sales being allowed, we lost 40 people, the second day we lost 51 people, and last Friday we lost 69 people,” he said.

Gen. Bheki Cele, Police Minister

Cele said intensive care units in hospitals were clogged up due to alcohol-related shooting incidents.