To All Media
For Immediate Release
02 JUNE 2020
EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD URGES PEOPLE OF THE EASTERN CAPE TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY
As the Eastern Cape Liquor Board, we wish to caution people of the Eastern Cape to consume alcohol responsibly. The lifting of the ban on alcohol sale saw incredibly long queues of people at many liquor outlets throughout the Eastern Cape, which raised fears of potential binge drinking following a long period of draught that they have been subjected to due to the ban on alcohol sale during the Alert Leven 5 and 4. It is also concerning to learn that on the first day of the reopening of the sale of liquor, a car accident took place between Bhisho and King Williams Town and from what we could gather it is attributed to drunk driving.
Reckless consumption of alcohol – especially during this time of the Covid 19 – may pose a deadly risk to our people. This is primarily because due to intoxication people may act in an irrational manner and thus expose themselves and others to the dangers of the Corana Virus. It is, therefore, critically crucial that those who consume alcohol must do so in a more responsible manner. People must adhere to the regulations and drink at home and know when to stop.
We further would like to send a stern warning to all liquor traders to adhere to regulations in respect of the sale of alcohol, and where the regulations are flouted, ECLB in partnership with SAPS will not hesitate to close down such an outlet. Members of the public are urged to report any suspected cases of the contravention of the liquor trading regulation to the nearest police station or to the ECLB Complaints numbers: Toll Free Line 080 000 0420 or WhatsApp number 076 403 6223.
For more information, you can contact ECLB spokesperson Mgwebi Msiya at 060 501 6418 and at Mgwebi.firstname.lastname@example.org