Should Mandla Man­dela in­ter­fere with booze sales?

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Thu­lani East­ern Cape think the chief has a point, even though the tav­erns are 100m away from the school. Al­co­hol has de­stroyed our com­mu­ni­ties due to lack of aware­ness cam­paigns, and chil­dren suf­fer as drink­ing par­ents spend all their money at the tav­erns. Al­co­hol has cre­ated rape, house­break­ing, drug abuse and as­sault in our com­mu­ni­ties. The chief must bring projects to keep the com­mu­nity busy. Viva to al­co­hol-free com­mu­ni­ties.

IJen­nifer Western Cape I ad­mire Man­dela for tak­ing a stand and wish we had more peo­ple to do the same in the Western Cape, where too many peo­ple drink to get drunk. We have an in­cred­i­bly high foetal al­co­hol syn­drome rate, do­mes­tic and other vi­o­lence is spi­ralling out of con­trol, rape, un­wanted ba­bies and abor­tions are the or­der of the day. It is too ter­ri­ble for words, and all be­cause of the abuse of al­co­hol. Tho­bela Mene East­ern Cape Mandla is do­ing a good thing to con­demn booze as a quick way of mak­ing money while so­ci­ety is suf­fer­ing from com­plex prob­lems due to al­co­hol abuse. But he must pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive for tav­ern own­ers. I hope he will raise that point of reg­u­lat­ing al­co­hol in Par­lia­ment be­cause he is an MP. Keep it up Mandla! Saay­man via SMS The chief is ab­so­lutely right. Not only is al­co­hol de­stroy­ing the lives of adults, it’s de­stroy­ing fam­i­lies, chil­dren and the moral val­ues of com­mu­ni­ties. Tav­erns at­tract crim­i­nals, drug lords and gang­sters to a peace­ful com­mu­nity. Liquor boards ig­nore this be­cause of kick­backs they get from most of the tav­ern own­ers. The chief should look at the re­quire­ments at­tached to the li­cence and he would re­alise that none of his tav­erns meets the re­quire­ments. Com­mu­ni­ties are not ben­e­fit­ing from tav­erns. Only tav­ern own­ers do, at the ex­pense of the poor. JN Manatha East­ern Cape Chief Man­dela has a point. No tav­ern – no mur­der, rape and rob­bery. Nawaal via SMS Per­son­ally, I think he should be­come pres­i­dent. Shut­ting these tav­erns down might stop the in­come of one fam­ily but in turn 20 other fam­i­lies will not be­come an­other statis­tic of vi­o­lence, abuse and poverty. I’m run­ning a small con­struc­tion busi­ness which em­ploys peo­ple from in­for­mal set­tle­ments and al­co­hol is the big­gest down­fall. So many times I have their kids scream­ing at my gates for some­thing to eat, or their wives/ girl­friends com­plain­ing about this sub­stance abuse, thus lead­ing their kids to turn to the streets. And so the vi­cious cy­cle con­tin­ues. Tav­ern own­ers, you are busi­ness­peo­ple, you will find a solution. You are the ones be­ing self­ish. These are your peo­ple, your com­mu­nity – make a dif­fer­ence.

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