South Africa’s Minister of Police, Bheki Cele recently hinted that opponents of the sale of alcohol during level 3 lockdown may revisit the matter in Cabinet soon as there has been a rise in the number of reported deaths in the country since the lockdown was eased on 1 June.
He made it clear that he is one of the proponents of alcohol sale ban amid lockdown.
In Eastern Cape, the government is also toying with the idea of restoring ban on alcohol sales in the province after an increase in alcohol-linked cases.
Cele disclosed the likely ban of alcohol sale at a press briefing at the Jabulani Hostel in Soweto on Tuesday, as South African Police Services launched a manhunt after gunmen killed six people at the Jabulani Hostel, Monday night.
Three gunmen allegedly hit a shack and shot and killed six people and motive for the attack is still shady.
Cele also mentioned two women who were killed this week in Cape Town and Johannesburg as condolences poured in across the nation for Naledi Phangindawo (25) and Tshegofatsho Pule (28) who were both killed this week.
Phangindawo was hacked to death by a man close to her while Pule was found hanging from a tree in Roodepoort after she went missing on Thursday. Pule was eight months pregnant at the time she was brutally murdered.
The minister added that people are dying because of alcohol consumption and suggested that domestic abuse cases have also risen. Cele said: “Nationally we’d sit back and complain about 30 people that have died. This was until last Monday, when the ban on alcohol during the lockdown was lifted. Until Monday – the 1st of June – for the first time since the lockdown, we got reports of 40 people killed. The next day there were 51 and there were 69 on Sunday.”