The Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) is urging traders to comply with new regulations forbidding the sale of alcohol, announced by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday July 12.
The board said the reinstatement of the ban was meant to help combat the rise in Covid-19 infections across the country.
They also noted the increase in the sale of home-brewed alcohol, which they said was causing serious harm to communities.
“We observed – with great concern – during alert levels 5 and 4 that due to the ban on liquor sales, people resorted to selling home-brewed illicit beer, which regrettably resulted in the death of a relatively large number of people in the Eastern Cape,” the board said.
“We therefore wish to offer a word of caution to people who might, during this time, resort to selling this kind of liquor, which has proven extremely risky to the health of our people.”
Members of the public were encouraged to report instances of non-compliance to local law enforcement or to call the ECLB at their toll-free number, 080-000-0420.
They can also WhatsApp 076-403-6223.
“The Eastern Cape Liquor Board, in collaboration with various law enforcement agencies, will continue to monitor compliance with the new regulations, and where transgressions are identified, necessary steps will be taken to curb such behaviour.”