The National Liquor Traders Council says it will ensure that the alcohol sector trades responsibly and in line with all COVID-19 protocols.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday night announced that alcohol sales be allowed when level two of the lockdown kicks in at midnight on Monday. Alcohol may be served in all licensed restaurants and is permitted from Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm.

The Council’s Lucky Ntimane says the announcement is welcomed.

“We are more relieved than are happy, I think there is no calls for celebration as the majority of our people’s livelihoods are in disarray, but we would like to commend the president for his brave move to allow the sale of liquor. We understand it’s not an easy decision from his side.”

In the video below, Ntimane reacts to the easing of lockdown restrictions:

The Inkatha Freedom Party Spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says the lifting of the alcohol ban may bring negative results in the fight against pandemic if there are no efforts to address behavioural changes.

In the video below, political parties react to the President’s speech:

In the video below, some South Africans welcome the alcohol ban being lifted:

INFOGRPAHIC on lockdown level 2 measures: