Alcohol ban cost fiscus R4,5bn: SAB

File: The industry says it is extremely challenging to pay these taxes when they have no cash flow.AFP/Justin Sullivan

JOHANNESBURG - South African Breweries (SAB) has argued in court documents the government's three bans on alcohol sales have cost the fiscus R4,5-billion.

In its urgent application to challenge the lawfulness of the latest ban, it says the two earlier bans led to about 165,000 job losses.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa said last week that excessive alcohol consumption was contributing to the increased number of trauma cases in hospitals.

SAB argues that the blanket alcohol ban infringes on the rights of tavern owners, shopkeepers, brewers and everyone else in the value chain to such an extent that it is unconstitutional.

The government has until next week Wednesday to indicate if it wants to oppose the urgent application.


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