- Fikile Mbalula wants South Africa to change liquor laws because "people are out of control"
- His remarks followed the death of three police officers who were killed while in pursuit of a drunk driver
- However, despite his reasons for alcohol restrictions, many South Africans are not happy with the minister
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called for stricter liquor laws after the death of three police officers as a result of a high-speed chase with a drunk driver.
In the aftermath of the first weekend under lockdown Level 2 restrictions, Mbalula insisted that citizens are 'out of control' during a briefing on Monday. He said:
"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.”
Mbaweezy's idea to change the liquor laws sparked quite the reaction on social media. While there were those who agreed with him, many slammed the minister.
Briefly.co.za took a look at some of the reactions:
Twitter user, @AkeMarven, commented:
"Why is Fikile Mbalula and his ANC gang so concerned about alcohol more than their corruption, our unemployment and poverty?"
Another tweep, @RobertA03545491, added:
"Don't worry about alcohol consumption, worry about the vanishing rail infrastructure. Your main job. Do it. Leave others to worry about alcohol consumption."
In other news, three Durban Central Tactical Response team members are set to appear in court after attempting to defraud the UIF fund of nearly R700k. During the Covid-19 pandemic, an application by a company called 'National Adhesive' was approved by the TERS scheme.
The banking details of the company were changed and the funds were funnelled into a private bank account instead of to the business. The 150 workers went without relief while the main suspect, with no ties to the company, walked away with his loot before eventually being released.
The Hawks released a statement on the matter ahead of the court appearance on Tuesday:
’’Investigations revealed that the account belonged to a police officer from the Durban Central Tactical Response Team. He allegedly transferred the money into different bank accounts belonging to another police officer and two civilians.”
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