SA Lockdown: Cosatu calls for alcohol ban to be lifted

Cosatu has joined calls to lift the ban on alcohol sales. The union federation however says it will only support this if strict regulations are implemented, to ensure responsible drinking. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu says government has an equal duty to protect those who depend on the sale of alcohol to make a living.

The union federation has joined calls for the ban to be lifted.

"We to bear in mind that hundreds of thousands of workers depend upon the sale of alcohol in legal companies, from the farms to the distilleries, to the transportation systems, manufacturing, retailers, and restaurants.

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"So we need to get the balance right. For us the banning of alcohol including the lockdown was a temporary measure to give space to the hospitals," said Cosatu's Matthew Parks.

The federation adds that strict regulations should be implemented, to ensure responsible drinking.


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