The High Court in Cape Town has reserved judgment in the case that wine representative body, Vinpro has brought to contest the approach that government has followed in liquor ban restrictions under the Disaster Management Act.
A full bench heard the matter.
The wine body launched an application during the second wave of COVID-19 infections in January this year.
It has now also approached the court to include evidence for the way in which it says, the blanket liquor ban was wrongly implemented during the third wave.
Vinpro Managing Director, Rico Basson, says they hope for a positive outcome.
He says they launched their legal application during the second wave in January this year and has now also approached the court to include evidence for the way in which the blanket liquor ban missed its purpose during the third wave.
Vinpro set for court challenge against alcohol ban in SA amid COVID-19 third wave
In July, Vinpro, was ready for its court challenge against the national alcohol ban.
Basson says wine and tourism businesses are on the brink of collapse, leaving thousands of struggling employees. He says this is all happening while illicit trade continues to flourish, including the looting of various liquor traders and arson.
If successful, Vinpro will approach the court to seek similar relief for other provinces.
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