ANNOUNCEMENT 16 Apr 2020
On 16 April 2020, the government of South Africa banned the export of wine during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South African Government, (16.4.2020), Speeches, “Minister Fikile Mbalula: Review of transport measures during COVID-19 Coronavirus lockdown”. Available at: https://www.gov.za/speeches/minister-fikile-mbalula-review-transport-measures-during-covid-19-coronavirus-lockdown-16
Businesstech, (16.4.2020), “New regulations as South Africa prepares for ‘incremental’ lifting of lockdown”. Available at: https://businesstech.co.za/news/government/390117/new-regulations-as-south-africa-prepares-for-incremental-lifting-of-lockdown/
On 16 April 2020, the government of South Africa banned the export of wine during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Previously, on March 27th, the government began to implement a 21-day lockdown in response to the Coronavirus outbreak and imposed restrictions on the export of certain goods including wine. On 7 April 2020, the government relaxed the export restrictions on wine (see related state act), but 9 days later the government reimposed the export ban on wine due to increased crime rates related to the burglary of wine.
Concerning this decision, Minister Fikile Mbalula stated that “Post the implementation of this Direction concern was raised about the unintended consequences of allowing the transportation of wine in the light of the fact that movement of alcohol remained prohibited. These include the criminality that has reared its ugly head in the form of burglaries and theft of alcohol from closed outlets.”.
Minister Dlamini-Zuma said: “The only alcohol that is allowed to be transported is the one that is used for commercial purposes, for our sanitizer and related issues, but liquor that we drink is not allowed to be exported in the same way it is not allowed to be sold,”
On the other hand, the lockdown period was extended by a further two weeks. It is also stated on April 16th by Dlamini-Zuma that “the lockdown will be lifted in an incremental manner and those restrictions will remain in place even once the lockdown is lifted.” So the export ban on wine may not be lifted when the lockdown period is over.