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Booze might be back, but SAB continues legal battle against government

And the state is not backing down, saying there is a connection between alcohol and demand on hospitals

Franny Rabkin

South African Breweries (SAB) is pressing ahead with its court challenge to government’s alcohol ban, even though it has been lifted.

This, its lawyers say, is “in the interests of legal certainty and ... to ensure that its continued business operations are not interrupted unnecessarily by further unlawful and unconstitutional prohibitions”.

In answer, government has filed more than 1,000 pages of papers in the Western Cape High Court, including detailed research about the “clear and obvious correlation” between alcohol sales and the demand on trauma and emergency units...

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