Banning alcohol during lockdown: it is not just about the virus or economics

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Oosthuizen
KEYWORDS: ALCOHOL, COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
DEPARTMENT: Office of the CEO (ERM), Office of the CEO (OCEO), Office of the CEO (IL), Office of the CEO (BS), Office of the CEO (IA)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11364
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15512
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15512

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Abstract

The announcement of the total ban on alcohol sales in the days before the COVID-19 lockdown led to an alcohol rush hour as South Africans flocked to liquor stores to fill their trolleys. Drug-policy activists warned that the ban was dangerous for addicts and the Gauteng Liquor Forum, which represents approximately 20 000 mostly township-based shebeens and taverns, threatened to go to the Constitutional Court if the ban was not lifted. However, on 17 April 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the ban would remain in force for the duration of the lockdown.