Illegal sale of alcohol a major concern for the province
Written by Lethiwe Mdluli on 21 April, 2020
Premier, Sihle Zikalala, says he’s concerned that there are people who are still selling alcohol in the province, despite rules and regulations.
Zikalala has been addressing media while in Inanda, north of Durban.
More than 10 000 people have been arrested in the province for contravening the lockdown regulations since president, Cyril Ramaphosa’s, announcement of the country’s closure.
Zikalala says they are left with no other choice but to ramp up operations.
“We are also going to be patrolling in townships and suburbs because we have identified that people are roaming around and there are those who are still selling alcohol through back doors. We are going to patrol and do checks in those areas. At the same time the team from the health department is entering various areas where we are focusing at hot-spots doing screening and testing. We are grateful that in those areas there are escorts from police.”
Zikalala has also expressed concerned that all townships in eThekwini are the epicenter of COVID-19 in the province.
Currently 77% of new registered COVID-19 cases are in the eThekwini district.
The city has also registered the highest death rate and number of contact cases since the start of the pandemic.
Zikalala says too many people and some institutions are not adhering to the lockdown regulations.
By: Lindelani Mbatha