Presidency responds to Gauteng Liquor Forum over alcohol ban

Stakeholders in the alcohol industry urge President Cyril Ramaphosa to respond to demands to lift the ban on sales or face court action. Courtesy #DStv403

PRETORIA - President Cyril Ramaphosa's lawyers have asked the Gauteng Liquor Forum to wait until the end of business on Friday, 17 April to respond to their letter.

The Gauteng Liquor Forum which claims to represents about 20,000 micro and small businesses in the province have written to the president, demanding the total ban on alcohol sales for the period of the lockdown be lifted.

The forum had threatened court action if this does not happen.

It says the ban is unreasonable and unconstitutional.

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The Presidency has responded and asked the forum to hold off on the court case pending a meeting with the National Command Council and other relevant stakeholders this week in order to discuss government’s economic assistance programme.

The Presidency says it is willing to engage with concrete constructive proposals made by all sectors.

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