'I don't run government': Dlamini-Zuma responds to critics

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has responded to criticism on the ban on the sale of tobacco and alcohol during the lockdown. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma responded to criticism on the ban on the sale of tobacco and alcohol during the lockdown.

Dlamini-Zuma says she has been given too much credit by her critics who allege she makes sole decisions on the prohibition and permission on the sale of certain items.

The minister says the decisions taken by the government are collective and rational decisions led by the president of the country.

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She says she is being made a scapegoat.

"People are giving me too much credit that I don't deserve. I don't run the government, I am part of a collective in government, but I don't run the government," Dlamini-Zuma said.

"The president leads the team, and it is the team that decides. Everybody puts their views, everybody argues but at the end of the day, what is decided is decided by the team, in the end, I am the one who signs on these regulations because somebody has to. You can't have all 30 odd signatures, someone must take the responsibility, and I do, that's why I sign, to pretend that it is just my decisions, it is disingenuous to say that."

The restrictions on the sale of liquor will be lifted from Tuesday under Level 2 regulations.

The sale of liquor by licensed premises is permitted from 9am to 5pm, from Mondays to Thursdays.

However, the sale of liquor is prohibited on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

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