No queues as tipplers stock up, but smokers run short

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There were no long queues at liquor stores such as Game Liqour on Chief Albert Luthuli as the ban of alcohol and cigarettes was lifted.PHOTO: Moeketsi Mamane
There were no long queues at liquor stores such as Game Liqour on Chief Albert Luthuli as the ban of alcohol and cigarettes was lifted.PHOTO: Moeketsi Mamane

WHILE the lifting of the cigarettes and alcohol ban came as good news to drinkers and smokers, many nicotine addicts in Pietermaritzburg were left disappointed on Tuesday because some retailers’ stocks of cigarettes had expired.

The sale of alcohol and cigarettes started on Tuesday under strict lockdown regulations after they was banned by the South African government as part of the strategy to fight Covid-19.

Tuesday saw no long queues or huge crowds around the liquor stores in Pietermaritzburg, but one of the city’s biggest alcohol retailers, Liberty Liquors, had to turn away a number of smokers as it didn’t have cigarettes.

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