Alcohol sales ban only discussed under level 3, says Venter

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize will not release advisories from the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19. This is despite a call by some advisors to release the documents to create greater understanding of the virus and government's response.

JOHANNESBURG- A member of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee says it did not recommend the first ban on alcohol sales

Professor Francois Venter says the alcohol sale ban was only discussed under level 3 lockdown. 

He is among the committee members calling on government to release the committee's advisories.

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Venter says that the lack of transparency is causing confusion. 

"On one hand you have a situation where the government is saying you must not go party, the President was saying he is worried about young people going to party, but it is okay to go to church, it is okay to get into a crowded taxi. It's not okay to go see your family for Sunday breakfast. Those things don't make sense," Venter said.

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He further says that he does not know where some decisions come from.

"The previous alcohol ban and all the range aspects of the lockdowns I'm not sure where those decisions came from. The government keeps saying scientists are making these decisions, it is part of our frustrations, actually," he said.

Venter says that some of these regulations have broken the social compact.

However, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is refusing to make the documents public.

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