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Curfew level 3 established in South Africa with Immediate ban on Alcohol (Monday 13 July 2020)

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President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the South African Heads of Missions conference at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation OR Tambo Building. The Conference under the theme, “A New Dawn: Inclusiveness of South Africa’s foreign policy which aims to promote a better South Africa, Africa and world”, brings together the heads of South Africa’s diplomatic missions abroad to assess national, regional, continental and global trends and dynamics, and to determine a strategy to be implemented in line with South Africa’s foreign policy vision and mission. 23/10/2018 DNS, Katlholo Maifadi

The government of South Africa on Sunday declared a curfew level 3 in the country.

This information came in immediately the president Cyril Ramaphosa  said there has been a total ban of the sale, dispensing & distribution of alcohol in the country.

The president said the need for establishing such rules is  to make sure that hospital beds were not taken up “by those who come in resulting from alcohol-induced trauma or injuries”.

“There is now clear evidence that the resumption of alcohol sales has resulted in substantial pressure being put on hospitals, including trauma and ICU units, due to motor vehicle accidents, violence as well as trauma that is alcohol-induced,” said Ramaphosa.

He added that many of these problems took place at night.

The curfew is announced to be between 21:00 and 04:00. While parks reopen for exercise, family visits remain banned.

The curfew will begin between 9pm – 4am starting tomorrow (Monday 13 July).

The president also reiterated that this could “come at a great and extraordinary economic cost, putting more livelihoods at risk and potentially causing long lasting social harm”.

“Cabinet has decided that the country will remain at alert level 3 at this stage, but that we should however strengthen the enforcement of existing regulations,” he said.

 

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