To reg­u­late beer or not?

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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.

Maxwell KwaZulu-Na­tal

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.

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