Despite the partial lifting of the ban on the local sale of liquor, Vinpro on behalf of its members will continue with its urgent court challenge to avoid any future disruptions in the South African wine industry and its value-chain due to a rise in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations.
In the absence of herd immunity – which may or may not be reached in South Africa at the end of 2021 – we fear that national government will again resort to a nationwide ban on the local sale of liquor as they have done in the past when a third of fourth wave of infection hits the country. Therefore Vinpro will go ahead and challenge the manner in which these bans are imposed.
In view of the partial lifting of the liquor ban by the President on Monday, 1 February 2021, Vinpro on advice from our legal team decided not to proceed with the extremely urgent application for an interim interdict to have the liquor ban lifted in the Western Cape this Friday.
We are advised that the matter cannot proceed, as confirmed with the legal representatives for the government, because the court will no longer regard it as extremely urgent (due to the partial lifting of the liquor ban).
The case, however, is still regarded as urgent and Vinpro, through our legal team, now awaits confirmation of a new expedited date, to be agreed with the legal representatives for the government, on which the main court challenge, in respect of the manner in which these liquor bans are imposed in our country, will be heard.
Issued by: Vinpro
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