25 August 2020 – 16: 39
The presidency has poured chilly water on hypothesis that President Cyril Ramaphosa would address SA on Tuesday night time — and that the booze ban shall be reinstated.
Minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: “It’s now no longer appropriate that President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation tonight. It [is] equally now no longer appropriate that the NCCC/cabinet has taken a choice to disallow the sale of alcohol. Here is all faux news.”
Inform notes and textual advise messages were circulating broadly on Tuesday, claiming that the booze ban shall be brought support. The messages ended in a public outcry, and to about a folks rushing to alcohol shops to stock up.
Requested for stutter, appearing presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale acknowledged: “We invent announcements when the president is going to be in contact. We have not made such an announcement.”
DA MP Dean Macpherson additionally squashed the rumours, asserting he had contacted the division of exchange & industry, which he acknowledged confirmed that the hypothesis used to be fraudulent.
The messages were additionally unfold to restaurant owners, who additionally confirmed the claims were fraudulent.
I appreciate spoken to a actually excessive source in the DTI that has confirmed the rumors of booze ban tonight are now no longer appropriate. Please handle speak notes that dispute to appreciate recordsdata on authorities plans with coarse caution. We don’t need fright on this time.
— Dean Macpherson MP 🇿🇦 (@DeanMacpherson) August 25, 2020
“We’ve obtained affirmation from a authentic sources that the news relating to the alcohol ban being reinstated is fraudulent. We urge all americans to act responsibly at some level of this time and retain away from spreading unsubstantiated statements that simply motive fright,” acknowledged Ashton Naidoo of Mooney Ford Attorneys, on behalf of the Restaurant Association of SA (Rasa).
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