Police Minister Bheki Cele wants another alcohol ban, says there is sufficient evidence to ban alcohol sales again.
Cele revealed that the lifting of alcohol has done more harm than good. He revealed that crime rate increased since the ban on the sale of alcohol was lifted.
The minister said this on his visit to the families of two slain Durban Metro police officers who were gunned down on their way to work on Tuesday morning in Hammersdale.
He claims that if the reversal on the alcohol sale decision was only his, he could have reversed it a long time ago.
“I have said it all the time that if I were given the opportunity to run and decide alone on this matter, then my first prize would be to ban the alcohol because I believe there is a lot of evidence that it is not doing good,” Minister Bheki Cele said.
Minister Cele hopes the National Coronavirus Command Council will do the right thing and impose an alcohol ban again.
Reasons for another alcohol sales ban in South Africa
This confession by the police minister comes after different medical centers complained about the spike in alcohol related fatalities. Wound Stabs, Gender based violence and alcohol related accidents and injuries overwhelmed medical facilities.
In KwaZulu Natal, Jozini a drunk truck driver rammed into a service station killing 8 people and leaving 32 people injured. Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula blasted the driver’s negligence to drive under the influence of alcohol.
The decision to ban alcohol again will arrive at a cost in taxes and job cuts. It also increase the brewing of homemade beer and alcohol concoctions. In Western Cape, 6 Zimbabwean nationals died after consuming a poisonous concoction which leaved the survivors partially blind.