South Africans share their thoughts as #AlcoholBan trends online

South Africans share their thoughts as #AlcoholBan trends online

- South Africans have weighed in on the alcohol ban on Twitter after a Dr called shared his opinion on the bad

- A debate started with those arguing for the ban to continue to relieve the pressure on doctors and nurses

- Others argued that it is a matter of self-control and the ban should be lifted

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The recent reintroduction of the alcohol ban has had a mixed reaction from South Africans. Liquor companies say they cannot survive another protracted ban.

However, the relief it has brought tired doctors and nurses who have to battle Covid-19 has been welcomed. Having to treat alcohol-related trauma and Covid-19 at the same time can be exhausting.

South Africa is divided over the ban and many have taken to Twitter to share their views and air their frustrations.

South Africans share their thoughts as #AlcoholBan trends online

A debate is being waged online over the alcohol ban, one side calls to keep it going; another for it to end. Photo credit: @MikeRamothwala
Source: Twitter

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@MikeRamothwala:

"Doctors and nurses are emotionally and physically exhausted from treating COVID-19 patients. If SAB wins it’s battle to lift the #AlcoholBan they must come and also treat the alcohol-related trauma cases because we currently don’t have the energy to deal with two pandemics."

@Cellular_ZA:

"Let's debate guys... Doctors are complaining that they receiving lots of patients at the hospital due to Alcohol, on the flip side people who are working at SAB are losing their jobs and houses... What should the President do? #AlcoholBan"

@Hlonipheka:

"President must open Alcohol because people are losing their jobs. Doctors are complaining because they are not losing their jobs. Doctors who are complaining are not thinking for other people. It is clear that Doctors who are complaining chose the wrong profession."

@logacrimz:

"To be honest, SAB is only concerned about their profits and not people's jobs. The jobs will be there when the ban is lifted."
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"Lives lost due to the pandemic will never come back. I say the government should allow hospitals to ease the burden and free some beds."

@Nomagadlela:

"Alcohol is the worst thing to ever happen to our townships or any black community. Easily accessible liquor has broken so many black families. You are more likely to find a Tavern around the corner than a pharmacy, library or an internet café in our townships. #AlcoholBan."

@ross_rori:

"#AlcoholBan FINALLY alcohol will be legislated and treated like the drug it is ,because the abusers think they are better than nyaope addicts."

@StaRod6:

"Alcohol like Nyaope, never held anyone at gun point and forced then to partake in it. People need to take responsibility for their own actions. Alcohol industry feeds families and some are going hungry due to the shutdown. Stop being selfish."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Dr Mike Mikia Ramothwala, Senior Clinical Manager for the Limpopo Department of Health, has weighed in amid the uproar over the alcohol ban.

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Taking to social media, Ramothwala shared heartbreaking images of exhausted frontline workers.

Taking to social media, Ramothwala shared heartbreaking images of exhausted frontline workers.

The doctor highlighted that medical professionals are under immense strain as the pandemic rages on:

"Doctors and nurses are emotionally and physically exhausted from treating COVID-19 patients."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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