The Presidency has confirmed receipt of a memorandum from the restaurant industry that was handed to it on Friday.

CEO of the Restaurant Association of South Africa, Wendy Alberts, says they have indicated that President Cyril Ramaphosa is looking into the matter.

Friday, the tourism and hospitality industry held demonstrations across the country to highlight the impact that the coronavirus lockdown has on the businesses.

In the video below, restaurant owners fear the industry may never recover due to lockdown regulations: 

There has been widespread condemnation of the action of the police in Cape Town which resulted in water cannon being fired on the hashtag-SERVE-US-PLEASE demonstrations.

This occurred when the peaceful demonstrators attempted to return to the Parliamentary precinct to hand over a petition.

The DA says it will lay criminal charges against the police action.

In the video below, South African restaurants protest lockdown rules: