Bottles of alcohol on display at a bar. File picture: Michael Gaida/Pixabay
Bottles of alcohol on display at a bar. File picture: Michael Gaida/Pixabay

'Government will be taken to court over alcohol sale ban'

By IANS Time of article published Jan 16, 2021

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Johannesburg - The Restaurants Association of South Africa (RASA) said that it was taking government to court over the alcohol sale ban imposed in December 2020.

RASA CEO Wendy Alberts believed that restaurants were badly affected by the alcohol ban.

"The restaurants are decimated," Alberts told Xinhua on Friday,

"Take a walk at any restaurants road and you will see it's a ghost town. We are not even be in a viable position to pay our bills," she added.

Hospital trauma units often battle with huge numbers of alcohol-related injuries, especially during holidays.

The aim of the liquor sale ban was to curb such hospital admissions while allowing medical workers to focus instead on Covid-19 patients.

Alberts said some restaurants were forced to retrench workers due to financial difficulties.

"We are retrenching staff, if government is not even listening to us or helping, it will get worse," she said.

In his recent address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the alcohol ban would remain in place until a further announcement.

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