First day of alcohol sales shadowed by accidents across the country

First day of alcohol sales shadowed by accidents across the country

- #AlcoholMustFall has been trending as one day of alcohol sales saw several accidents across the country

- Drunk drivers, pedestrians knocked down and fatal accidents were some of the alcohol-related incidents Arrive Alive reported on Monday

- South Africans on social media have presented their different views on the sale of alcohol being allowed

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South Africa entered Level 3 of its lockdown on 1 June which saw millions returning to work. Level 3 also eased some of the lockdown regulations that have been in place since for over two months.

Level 3 also allows for the sale of liquor on Monday to Thursday between 9am and 5pm. South Africans eager to finally quench their thirst after not being allowed to buy alcohol for weeks flooded liquor outlets and bought to their hearts' desire.

Twitter was flooded by videos and images of happy South Africans who finally purchased liquor. However, Arrive Alive noted several incidents across the country involving drunk patrons. In Ndwedwe Mission, 60 kilometres north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, a motorist lost her life in a tragic accident.

The motorist was travelling with five other people when the accident occurred. It is alleged that the driver lost control of the vehicle while travelling on a dark stretch of road and the vehicle overturned several times.

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In another incident, a suspected drunken driver was arrested after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into that of an off-duty traffic officer in Verulam. Arrive Alive said an off-duty officer was knocked from the back by a Ford Bantam bakkie while she was in her Hyundai Elantra.

The driver, who was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, was placed under arrest upon the arrival of the police. Again in KZN, paramedics who were responding to another accident scene were nearly killed by a motorist. Arrive Alive said the paramedics were attending to another scene when a motorist almost crashed into them.

Arrive Alive said:

"While paramedics were attending to the scene, another vehicle lost control and crashed, narrowly missing emergency vehicles and sending paramedics diving for safely."

This wave of accidents across the country has resulted in an #AlcoholMustFall hashtag that has been trending on Twitter. Users have expressed their different views after alcohol has been on sale for just over 24 hours.

Several pedestrians were also killed on the roads on Monday. One was knocked down by a truck in Kempton Park, Gauteng while another was hit by a bakkie in Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal.

When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the relaxation to Level 3, he added that if the Covid-19 pandemic worsened, the country could return to Level 4 or 5 of lockdown.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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