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We are not going to let this decision by the President stand – Liquor Traders

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC) says some industry members are considering defying the recent ban on the sale of alcohol.

This is after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will be moving to Alert Level 4 and the sale of alcohol will be prohibited.

 NLTC say industry members have raised concerns about the livelihoods of employees.

“The President can make an announcement that subjects our liquor traders to almost perpetual poverty without providing other means that are going to cushion against the blow that this ban is going to bring to our traders,” stated NLTC.

NTLC convenor Lucky Ntimane says, the alcohol industry feels that it is unfair that the governments continues to targeted them

“We are not going to let this decision by the President stand. We are going to take him on, we are going to consult with our members today. If needs be, it means we will defy this ban. Who is going to support us for the next two weeks? What is better? Breaking the law for supporting our families? For us, we feel that we need to be taken seriously and we will do that, and whatever is necessary,” said Ntimane.

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