A petition has now been started to stop the sale of alcohol at petrol stations in South Africa after BP confirmed on Friday, June 18, that it will sell wine at selective outlets in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
According to the petition, making alcohol available at petrol stations sends the wrong message, especially as the government is looking at ways to tackle alcohol abuse.” The impact on our citizens, our health system, our fiscus is enormous – think of the trauma caused by crashes, stabbings, Gender-Based Violence, sexual abuse etc,” the petition reads.
Stop alcohol being sold at petrol stations in SA-Sign the Petition! https://t.co/lim0I1I7ie @PresidencyZA @traumacentre1 @Saapa7 @MRCza @IOL @etv @SAfmRadio @Radio702 @CapeTalk @WHO @SANCANational @_ArriveAlive @alanwinde @bhekicele_rsa @MbalulaFikile @HealthZA @David_Makhura
— SA Agst DrunkDriving (@SADD_SA) June 21, 2021
Meanwhile, with more than 500 petrol stations across South Africa, BP indicated that the alcohol section will fall under the Pick n Pay Express portion of the petrol station’s shop, following a 13-year-old partnership that replaced some BP Express stores. BP’s decision came days after President Cyril Ramaphosa placed the country on alert level three amid the increase in COVID-19 infections.
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