To regulate beer or not?
Bhekophilayo B Ngobese via SMS
I fully support the government’s initiative to regulate home-made beer. I will be expecting the government to, among other things, address the issue of general cleanliness and alcohol content in home-made beer. I would also like the government to consider reducing the hours of alcohol sales.
Whether the shebeens are legal or not, it remains unethical to have liquor shops and beer halls open until the early hours when we expect those patrons to go to work in the morning.
Other than that, when these people eventually leave the shebeens, they drive. Most accidents, whose victims are mostly innocent and sober motorists and pedestrians, are caused by them.
The government should also not ignore the fact that many families have broken down as a result of alcohol abuse. Maybe the government should also consider reducing the level of alcohol in all easily obtainable brands, thus delaying the process of an individual getting drunk.
The government must also be honest with itself and its citizens. Alcohol is destroying the nation. The government focuses mainly on the gross domestic product while the nation bleeds to death as a result of alcohol. How do Cabinet members feel when they hear that South Africa is one of the leading nations when it comes to alcohol abuse?
Letladi Mphahlele Gauteng
Leave traditional beer alone. This ANC government should try harder to create jobs for the youth and also regulate these spaza shops, which are on every corner of our country.
Chris Green Gauteng
I really like the traditional beer produced by my local supplier. It is served in a clay pot and the beer is sweet and sour, and just right. If legislation is being introduced to squeeze the little person out, then it is not cool.
It is always good to make sure a good product is being sold, but this smacks of something more than regulation. I do not think it will stop the socalled township supply.
Rebotile Mashishi Limpopo
I agree with the proposed changes to the law. This will ensure an improvement in the ingredients used for the production of home-made beer. The chemical composition and side-effects of some beers are unknown and their consumption puts people at risk of illness. He must first give us amnesty from poverty by allocating R3 million in cash to each living South African born in Mzansi before 1977. Those born from 1977 onwards and whose parents were both born in South Africa should qualify for R1.5 million. Those with one immigrant parent: R200 000. Both parents immigrants: nil, zero. Only then can he be given amnesty. And only if he comes clean about his wrongs will we forgive him. We have all committed wrongs after all and must refrain from judging others. Spiritual laws apply to all of us.
How can anyone, organisation or institution even broach the subject of this man? The Constitutional Court ruled that he had broken his oath of office, is facing 783 charges, has to answer to court for manufacturing evidence to fire Pravin Gordhan and is facing a soon-tobe instituted judicial commission of inquiry into state capture. For just these cases he is answerable to the court of law which under no circumstances would ever grant him amnesty as he would be facing trial. Zuma thumbs his nose to all well-meant advice to abandon his journey to the precipice, but all he thinks about is that he’s so all-powerful that no one can tell him what to do or not to do. Let him take the ANC over the precipice. What a monstrosity of a creature.