- In the aftermath of the first weekend on lockdown Level 2 restrictions, some political heavy-weights have already called for stricter alcohol laws
- Minister Fikile Mbalula insists that citizens are 'out of control' during a briefing on Monday
- This comes in response to the death of 3 police officers as a result of a high-speed chase with a drunk driver
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called for stricter liquor laws, adamant that South Africans are 'out of control'.
Despite the lockdown ban on booze prompting public outrage, Mbalula feels that the nation needs a more permanent lifestyle change:
“This over access of alcohol, we drink from 6-6, it’s over and must come to an end. At some point, people can drink but when it’s 10pm they must know it’s over, whether there is Covid-19 (or not), we must review our laws in terms of alcohol access.”
The minister voiced his opinion that the cost of this lifestyle is far too high, commenting that:
“As a country, we need to review our laws on the access of alcohol. We need to address this as it continues to kill our people on roads and everywhere.”
Mbalula insists that this problem existed long before the pandemic and needs to be addressed in a way that ensures change long after it has passed:
“There is over access for people to get alcohol. People are out of control. We must now put our heads together. When government acts, nobody is going to say it’s unfair. It’s not about corona[virus]. This thing has been there.”
The minister's words hit a little harder during the briefing that was held after a visit to three families who had recently loved ones.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that three Tshwane metro police officials had been killed in a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver.
The incident had taken place on the first weekend following the relaxation of the liquor ban and the motorist had attempted to flee police who had noticed his suspicious behaviour.
The suspect had also died on the scene after a high-speed pursuit ended in the accident, with his female companion admitted to hospital.
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