Sober up, SA ... or deadly festive season looms

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Sober up, SA ... or deadly festive season looms

‘If we don’t do things differently, this will be the last Christmas for many South Africans,’ says Ramaphosa

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In what was a chilling message, a stone-faced President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that a festive season of death awaited many families due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“If we do not do things differently this festive season, we will greet the new year not with joy, but with sorrow. Many of our friends, relatives and co-workers will be infected, some will get severely ill and some, tragically, will die. Unless we do things differently, this will be the last Christmas for many, many South Africans,” he said.

Ramaphosa was speaking during a 30-minute address to South Africans on Monday night. And it was in this context that he announced additional restrictions on, among other things, public gatherings, alcohol sales and access to beaches and public parks...

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