The EFF will oppose any court application to lift the ban on the sale of alcohol during the state of restriction.
The party also warned on Monday that it would fight the government in court if it conceded to the liquor industry’s requests that the liquor sale regulations be relaxed.
“The lifting of the alcohol ban will lead to the fundamental sabotage of the restriction and result in social instability and masses of Covid-19 infections,” EFF spokesman Vuyani Pambo said in a statement on Monday.
Earlier, it was reported that the wine industry body Vinpro, the South African Liquor Brands Association and the Beer Association of South Africa ) also wrote to the government asking for the ban to be lifted.
Pambo says in the statement that the government should refuse requests to relax the regulations because they are not made on scientific grounds.
According to the party, it is scientifically proven that the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town’s trauma unit has had a 66% drop in cases, especially on weekends, since the beginning of the state of confinement.
“Of course this is also because there is less traffic on the roads, but more importantly, because of alcohol. There are fewer drunk drivers and drunks fighting in streets, shebeen and homes, and this has all led to a two-thirds reduction in trauma cases.
Meanwhile, the ANC on Sunday also expressed its concern about players in the liquor industry that threaten to take the government to court if the regulations are not relaxed to allow liquor sales for the rest of the extended restriction period.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe added in a statement that liquor stores and dealers whose operations, like those of other businesses, are severely impaired by the state of restriction should use the measures put in place by the government.
The ANC also believes such a move would undermine government efforts to curb the spread of the Covid 19 pandemic.