South Africa is the country that has the most coronavirus cases in the continent. Since then its president declared a lockdown to control the spread of the virus. Bedsides, authorities also prohibited the sale, consumption, and deliveries of alcohol. This, in turn, brought about economic damages to businesses in the alcohol industry, increased violence, and an up-scale interest in pineapples.
The country has a history of not having a good relationship with alcohol and sometimes got out of control. During the Apartheid era, black citizens could not drink in public freely without any disturbances.
The Concept On Alcohol Banning in South Africa
Authorities had hope that by burning alcohol then the numbers of fights, violence, and drunk-driving would decline significantly. Experts approximate that booze is in the involvement of about 40% of admissions in hospital institutions.
Over 30000 cases of trauma are at the section of emergency in the country. However, there has been a significant change in the numbers since the president announced a nationwide lockdown. The number of emergency admissions at hospitals is down to 12000.
Professor Charles Parry says, “It’s a significant impact. If we finish the ban on booze sales, we’re going to witness about 5,000 alcohol admissions in trauma units returning into the system.”
Police Brutality And Dishonesty
Government advisors forecast that in the face of the coronavirus epidemic, the additional beds being empty will show their usefulness. Medical professionals encourage the government to continue with the banning effect in the country.
The medical experts also prove that drinking a lot weakens the immune system of a person and challenge his or her respiratory state.
Professor parry warns that “Coronavirus is going to have a more severe effect on heavy drinkers and in South Africa people live in congestions. Therefore, booze sales may escalate community transmissions and we’re likely to see an up-scale in gender-based violence.”
The policymaker behind the ban caused anger by urging the police to take unlawful acts against lawbreakers. For example, they brutally beat a man seen drinking booze in his surroundings.
Bheki Cele, the police minister, cautions that his people would damage set-ups related to alcohol selling. The South African booze line of business challenges the prohibition of alcohol in the court.
The alcohol industry complains that the act was not constitutional and that the policymakers did not consult them.
A Scale-Up Of Home Brewing
Democratic Alliance, SA’s official opposition party, encourages a good lockdown plan for the country. By doing so, people can purchase booze for a limited time. However, the Economic Freedom Fighters party is opposing the DA’s suggestion. This is because the EFF believes the ban on alcohol is having a positive effect on the health sector of South Africa.
Banning of alcohol seems to be a blessing in disguise since we see people, especially the families, uniting. Homebrewing, reflecting the ways of rural communities, has increased significantly following the ban on alcohol.
On social media, the videos and recipes for pineapple beer and umqombothi preparation, are running. However, there are precautions while preparing these traditional drinks.
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