Waking Up to Long Booze Queues

In what appears to be the most anticipated moment in the easing of lockdown regulations, thousands of Alcohol consumers queuing outside liquor outlets on the first day of lockdown level 3 in Jabulani, Soweto, on Monday morning resembled similar sentiments across the province.

The government had banned the sale of liquor two months ago as part of the measures aimed at curbing the spread of covid-19. Hundreds of vendors and customers started arriving at dawn, though the liquor shops were regulated to open at 9 am. Gabriel Molefe, who joined the crowd just few minutes before the stores reopened to purchase wine and beers, said he was adamant that citizens will this time drink responsibly due to Covid-19 scare.

“Look my friend we’ve been waiting for this day it fills like a Christmas day today”,says Molefe. He went on to urge residents of this beloved country to abide the law set by the government. Another shopper, who preferred anonymity, said he thanked the heavens for this day. “I’ve been waiting for this moment and guess what I even took a loan to be on standby because our government might reverse this decision at any time, so if that happens then I will be sorted.” She added.

Though the sale of Alcohol is permitted under level 3, regulations state that it can only be consumed at home. Alcohol can be purchased from Monday to Thursday between 09:00 to 17:00. Meanwhile the sale of tobacco products such as cigarettes, remains prohibited. At the end of Tuesday the 2nd of June reports came in that the casualty reception at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital and other clinics were overwhelmed with stab wounds and accident victims.

Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News

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