DA reports that a reliable source notified them that certain ministers in the ANC lobby for a third alcohol ban. Actually, it’s not surprising at all. When the ban got lifted, we surmised people could consider the fact that “there’s no guarantee the decision might not roll back again.” The party noted that they intend to strongly resist any such reintroduction of the ban.
DA vows strong resistance, calls it ‘hostage-taking games’
The Democratic Alliance published their statement about the possibility of a third ban on August 27th. They noted that “the ANC should rather put its efforts towards reviving the stalled Liquor Amendment Bill.” But a small group of ministers apparently prefer playing politics with the ban No big surprise: they include “Police Minister Bheki Cele, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.”
Noting the number of job losses as a result of the last bans, the DA believes they play “hostage-taking games” with these bans. The party believes that the ANC ministers “use another alcohol ban as a battering ram to drive home political ideology .” And, they note that President Ramaphosa seemingly appears unwilling to “stare down his detractors.”
Social media reacts to the possibility of a third alcohol ban
On Monday, we witnessed a run on liquor stores reminiscent of the old toilet roll debacle. It came as a kneejerk reaction from an incorrect social media post. But, the potential of a ban coming back isn’t far away from the minds of people. MP Dean Macpherson retweeted the statement.
One person commented, “The @WesternCapeGov cannot and must not tolerate this. They have done everything to ensure that we can open our economy safely. Another ban puts thousands of jobs at risk. Imagine the uncertainty of staff in this industry.” Others suggested it might “lead to Civil Disobedience..”
Intoxicated with power
One critic of another alcohol ban suggested the ministers seem “intoxicated with power.” Possibly, that’s why the DA’s statement also noted, “it is critical that President Ramaphosa reassures South Africans that he will not consider any political pressure by the ANC or these Ministers in his cabinet with respect to reinstating another alcohol ban.” They added that “anything short of this will only allow speculation to grow unchallenged.”
Internet rumors on social media suggest a power struggle within the ANC deliberately encourages difficult situations for President Ramaphosa. Each time the ministers override him, he seems weaker and weaker. Even the ANC voter base appears angry about the situation. Many people suspect that the ban has nothing to do with COVID-19 and merely gets used as a political tool to further self-interest.
Critically though, does the DA have a plan in place to effectively counter a third ban? Sound off your thoughts in the comments below.