Rumors on social media that the liquor ban will apparently be reintroduced are false. This is how Mlungisi Mtshali, the spokesman for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), confirmed on Tuesday.
A noise erupted on Monday after numerous voice messages began to circulate on social media platforms about the liquor ban that will be implemented again this week.
Mtshali said the Cabinet had not yet met to discuss the regulations governing the buying and selling of alcohol. “No decision has been taken on the alcohol ban because it has not been discussed yet,” Mtshali confirms.
Dean Macpherson, DA MP and shadow minister of trade and industry, also confirmed that the messages being distributed are false.
The South African Liquor Brand Association (Salba) said in a statement on Monday that they were aware of the rumors being spread and also agreed that liquor sales would not be suspended this week.
“We have not yet received any information from the government to suggest that the current level 3 regulations regarding the sale of alcohol will be reviewed,” Salba confirmed.
Salba says the news that is spreading can lead to panic purchases of alcohol, which can undermine enforcement of safety measures and safe distance at liquor stores. “We call on all South Africans to refrain from spreading news. It is a crime and only causes unnecessary panic, ”the statement says.
Salba says since the resumption of liquor sales with the introduction of level 3 isolation, the liquor industry has continued to work closely with government to ensure the safe and legal reopening of the sector. This included the industry committing itself to certain safety measures to ensure safe and responsible beverage sales, thus curbing the spread of Covid-19.