The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) says it is reviewing regulations banning alcohol and cigarettes on a daily basis.
This follows a tweet on the South African government’s official and verified Twitter page saying the restrictions on alcohol and cigarettes will last for the full period of the state of restraint.
Mlungisi Mtshali, spokesperson for Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said he could not comment on the tweet and that they were investigating its origins.
“What I can say is that the minister never made such a statement. The data currently available to us says we need to continue with the ban on the products, but we are reviewing the decision on a daily basis and will act according to what the data tells us, ”said Mtshali.
According to him, the ban will be lifted if the “infection rate is very low and the health system can function on a high level of readiness. We want to protect the health system so that everyone has a chance at treatment ”.
He further says that there is nothing to prevent the minister from adapting the regulations “at any time”.