South African Breweries (SAB) is approaching the Court’s to challenge the constitutionality ban
SAB is approaching the Court’s to challenge the constitutionality of banning the sale of alcohol during the lockdown.
This came after President Cyril Ramaphosa reinstated the ban on the sale of alcohol. Western Cape health officials had shared their belief which is a two week ban on alcohol sales and the decision making a difference in easing pressure on hospitals.
SAB said that it understand the need to save lives, but the ban should be reviewed regularly.
President Ramaphosa believes that reckless behavior by drunk people increases the spread of COVID 19 and that accidents and violence related to alcohol consumption makes use of valuable hospital resources.
The ban clearly prohibited sale of alcohol from retail outlets and the on site consumption of alcohol will not be permitted. The distribution and transportation will be prohibited with exceptions.
According to the president the regulations may be reviewed within the next few weeks if there is a sustained decline in infections and hospital admissions.
Then SAB came in to challenge legality of booze ban. It says it supports measured alcohol restrictions but believes the ban is unreasonable and unnecessary in curtailing the spread of corona virus