Should Mandla Mandela interfere with booze sales?
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.