Saturday, 09 January 2021 10:28

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a review of the legislation to combat and referred for more durable laws and neighborhood mobilisation towards the abuse of alcohol. 

In the ANC’s annual 8 January assertion to have a good time the celebration’s 109 birthday held nearly, the president mentioned momentary restrictions that have been positioned on the supply of alcohol below the state of catastrophe laws demonstrated the extent to which abuse of alcohol fuels violence, trauma and reckless behaviour and locations a burden on the well being system and emergency companies.

"We must take measures to reduce the abuse of alcohol through a combination of legislative and other measures and community mobilisation."

Meanwhile South African Breweries (SAB) has argued in court documents the government's three bans on alcohol sales have cost the fiscus R4,5-billion.

In its urgent application to challenge the lawfulness of the latest ban, it says the two earlier bans led to about 165,000 job losses.

Ramaphosa said last week that excessive alcohol consumption was contributing to the increased number of trauma cases in hospitals.

He added foremost on the federal government’s agenda for the year could be combating the unfold of the coronavirus. 

"To overcome Covid-19, we are preparing to implement a mass vaccination programme that reaches all South Africans as appropriate quantities of an effective and suitable vaccine are procured."

Ramaphosa additionally cautioned towards disinformation regarding Covid-19 and unfounded conspiracy theories, its therapy and the event of vaccines.

The rollout of vaccines and its acquisitions has obtained criticism in some corners of the ANC and its alliance companions.

Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi and ANC Gauteng provincial secretary Jacob Khawe each made feedback concerning the vaccine that may very well be construed as criticism towards its use.

SACP second general-secretary Solly Mapaila advised journalists the federal government ought to take into account buying a vaccine from its buying and selling companions within the Brics nations.Their remarks got here as people as effectively as the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union mentioned well being employees didn’t wish to be among the many first to be injected with the vaccine.

This as three cellphone towers have been destroyed after messages have been distributed by an eThekwini ANC councillor that they have been linked to Covid-19.

"The ANC and the government it leads will continue to advocate for equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, "Ramaphosa mentioned.

He added social reduction measures launched by the federal government in April 2020 – together with the momentary top-up of social grants and particular Covid-19 grant for unemployed folks – had proved important in supporting the poor at their time of best vulnerability.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the need to accelerate the process towards the establishment of the National Health Insurance, which will reduce the huge inequalities and inefficiencies in our health system. It will ensure that all South Africans receive the treatment and care they need regardless of their ability to pay, "Ramaphosa mentioned.

Delivering his message of help, SACP general-secretary Blade Nzimande mentioned: "There must be no space left to corruption and state capture, old and new, to occur in the sourcing of the Covid-19 vaccine. By corruption and state capture, we include undue influence by private, vested interests."