Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba wants alcohol to not be sold to those who have not yet received that vaccine jab, saying that although the vaccination is not compulsory, people need a ‘bit of a push’ to understand why they should be vaccinated, Review Observer reported.
Ramathuba says she aiming to have at least 3,5 million citizens in the province before the end of this year.
The paper quoted the MEC saying that she is planning to engage the liquor industry to stop the sale of alcohol to those who have not yet been vaccinated.
“We are saying they must not allow those who are not vaccinated on their premises. Owners of shebeens and taverns must not be allowed to sell liquor to those who did not vaccinate. Those who want to purchase liquor must produce their vaccination certificates.” Phophi was quoted.
‘We have already started to lobby the alcohol industry to work together with the department. We are interested in the economy and health of our country and if our alcohol industry can come onboard and indicate that they have a right to refuse to sell alcohol to someone who refuses to get vaccinated, we can balance the rights,” the MEC added on a separate interview with Jacaranda FM earlier this week.
Earlier this year in February, during a state address, President Ramaphosa announced repeatedly that vaccines will not be forced on anyone in South Africa.
Ramaphosa said: “Nobody will be forced to take this vaccine. Nobody will be forbidden from travelling, from enrolling at school, or from taking part in any public activity if they have not been vaccinated. Nobody will be given this vaccine against their will, nor will the vaccine be administered in secret.”
He called for an end to those who were spreading fake news about the vaccine, adding that this was harmful.
While there have not been any cases of citizens being forced, the law in places, including entertainment gigs other events, have already started making it mandatory for citizens to be vaccinated before gaining admission.
eNCA reported this week that talks on whether vaccines should be compulsory were also underway.