Ramaphosa said that the "sale, dispensing, and distribution of alcohol will be suspended with immediate effect" as one of the measures meant to "conserve hospital capacity".
Ramaphosa said that since the sale of alcohol was re-introduced on in June, hospitals have experienced a spike in admissions in their trauma and emergency wards.
Covid-19 patients are being treated at the Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.More news: Australia to halve number of returning citizens as virus surges
South Africa reported 13,497 new cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 264,184, according to the country's Health Ministry.
The President said, with over a quarter of a million South Africans having tested positive for Coronavirus, "the storm is upon us". "I know that this places a great burden on families and individuals and can cause great emotional strain, especially for those with elderly parents", said Ramaphosa.
Some people are hosting parties, going on drinking sprees, attending packed funerals and walking in public without masks. "We have therefore decided that in order to conserve hospital capacity the sale, dispensing and distribution of alcohol will be suspended with immediate effect", Ramaphosa said in a televised address on Sunday evening. Johannesburg's densely-populated Soweto township has a high concentration of cases, according to officials.More news: Dow, S&P 500 slip on fears over surging virus cases
However, it noted that this was unlikely to decrease the number of coronavirus cases, while causing untold harm to the economy. The speech follows a number of meetings of the cabinet, the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President's Coordinating Council, it said.
SA has completed more than 2 million coronavirus tests to date, and over 20 million screenings.
An average of 12,000 cases were now being reported daily, the president said, as he lamented the disregard which many citizens were showing for the preventive measures of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. The continent's confirmed cases are concentrated in four countries - South Africa, Egypt with 81,158 cases, Nigeria with 31,987 cases and Algeria with 18,712 cases - which together make up more than 65 per cent of the continent's cases.More news: Heartbreaking Picture Of Naya Rivera's Mother Visiting Lake Where She Went Missing
The number of actual cases in Africa is believed to be much higher, as the testing rate is very low in many countries.