Monday, 28 December 2020 16:49

Staff Reporter.

Photo Credit: GCIS.

The cabinet is due to hold an urgent meeting on Monday as speculation mounts over the imposition of new restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19, GCIS Director General Phumla Williams has said.

The executive will discuss the outcome of an emergency meeting held by the national coronavirus command council (NCCC) Sunday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Tyrone Seale could not confirm the exact date of Ramaphosa's impending address, but Williams last night confirmed that the NCCC had met and is yet to wrap up its meetings.

Once the NCCC concludes its meetings it consults with provinces before a report is sent to the president who in turn will engage the country on pertinent matters, "Williams said.

She too could not confirm the date on which Ramaphosa will hold the family meeting once again following his announcement of amended lockdown regulations on December 14 amid the country entering a second wave.

But there have also been concerns by some organisations regarding the impact another hard lockdown would have on their businesses.

This includes those in the liquor industry.

A total ban on liquor sales may be imposed as alcohol-related trauma has increased over the festive season

The industry has been rapped over the knuckles over non-compliance of some liquor traders with some healthcare facilities recording a high number of alcohol-related cases.

But the Liquor Traders’ Formation (LFT) said not everyone in the liquor sector has been non-compliant.

Among some of the pressing matters that Ramaphosa is expected to deal with in his impending address is the government’s action plan on border control as well as restrictions on the number of people at public gatherings.

South Africa have breached one million cumulative cases of COVID-19, with a cumulative total of 1 004 413 cases reported.