The second ban was imposed on July 12 and ended on August 17. In the last week of December 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa moved the country to adjusted level 3 and banned the sale of liquor and its transportation.
In June another alcohol ban was imposed.
SA Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) CEO Kurt Moore earlier this week urged government not to impose another ban over the festive season — as infections rise again.
“What another ban would do is simply magnify the problem of alcohol premises being the target of robbery — warehouses and liquor outlets have become the target of organised gangs since the discussion about [more] potential restrictions,” he said.
“Any restriction will devastate the alcohol industry and its enormous supply chain and, swell the ranks of the unemployed, leaving many families and communities destitute.”
Ndyondya said SAB would continue to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of robberies were arrested and prosecuted.
“The safety of our employees and partners remains our top priority,” she added.