For immediate release
13 July 2020
Eastern Cape Liquor Board urges liquor traders to comply with the ban of liquor sale
In terms of the revised Regulation 44 of the National Disaster Management Act, the National Corona Virus Command Council has banned the sale of liquor in South Africa with immediate effect. This means that the sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is prohibited. We, therefore, urge liquor traders to comply with this regulation, which is largely intended to reduce the escalating cases of Covid 19 infections in our country.
We observed – with great concern – during Alert Levels 5 and 4 lockdown that due to ban of liquor sale people resorted to selling home-brewed illicit beer, which regrettably resulted to death of a relatively large number of people in the Eastern Cape. We, therefore, wish to send a word of caution to people who might, during this time, resort to selling this kind of liquor which has proven extremely risky to the health of our people. We also call on members of the public to refrain from consuming home- brewed beer mixed with methylated spirits as this may endanger them.
The Eastern Cape Liquor Board, in collaboration with various law enforcement agencies, will continue to monitor compliance with the new regulations, and where transgressions are identified, necessary steps will be taken to curb such behaviour. Members of the community are encouraged to report cases of non-compliance with liquor regulations to the nearest police station or call Eastern Cape Liquor Board Toll Free Number 080 000 0420 or WhatsApp number 076 403 6223.
Issued by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board
For further clarities regarding this matter, please contact ECLB Spokesperson, Mgwebi Msiya at 060 501 6418, email Mgwebi.firstname.lastname@example.org