COVID-19: Ramaphosa calls on SA to drink responsibly

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country's leaders are deeply concerned about the high number of Covid-19 infections in the Western Cape. He's in the province to assess its progress in the fight against the virus. The president has praised the work done by health minister Zweli Mhkize. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to behave themselves when they drink alcohol.

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He says banning alcohol sales again due to a spike in alcohol-related incidents is not on the cards.

"Unfortunately as South Africans, our alcohol consumption is one of the highest in the world and during the time of Level 5 and 4, we saw that alcohol consumption had gone down and drunk driving accidents had almost come to a stop...

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"As we opened, we suddenly saw a spike in the utilisation of hospital beds. It was always going to be a risk. We are calling on South Africans to behave in a manner that will take into account the rights of other people to healthcare," he said.

Ramaphosa was visiting the Western Cape on Friday to assess the readiness of the province to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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