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Premier Winde calls for alcohol sales ban to be lifted in WC

Following a cabinet meeting, Winde said that the province had sufficient health capability to manage COVID-19 patients.

FILE: Western Cape Premier Alan Winde stands in one of the wards at the CTICC COVID-19 field hospital. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Alan Winde is calling for the booze ban to be lifted in the province.

Following a cabinet meeting, Winde said that the province had sufficient health capability to manage COVID-19 patients.

Winde said that the economy now needed to be opened up further to save jobs.

"We have a position around the domestic sale of alcohol that the ban on it needs to be lifted, we have sufficient hospital bed space to deal with alcohol-related trauma as well as the COVID-19 response."

He will take the matter forward to the president's coordinating council, as well as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Minister of Health.

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