In a scene which depicts the devoted imbiber’s worst nightmare, the South African Police poured a significant amount of alcohol down the drain.
In a video clip which has been circulating on social media, a female officer is seen gleefully pouring alcohol down the drain and cheekily saying ‘Because we can’, she cackles before tossing some more down.
Her colleague is also seen opening bottle after bottle for her to discard while two other men who seem to be the owners look on with stony expressions.
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Their actions seem to be fuelled by the government’s ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages during the lockdown.
SA Police Minister Bheki Cele banned the sell of alcohol during the lockdown period
Movement of alcohol will be restricted. There shall be no movement of liquor from point A to B,” said Cele.
“If we find liquor in your car’s boot, that is illegal. If you break these laws, you are six months in jail or fined.”
He implied that if people stayed sober there would be less criminal activities in the country which include domestic violence cases, shootings, stabbings and reckless car accidents.
Meanwhile, drug abuse support groups in South Africa have called on the government to relax the ban on alcohol and cigarettes.
Chairperson of the South Africa Network of People Who Use Drugs, Shaun Shelly, says the abrupt withdrawal from products could have detrimental for addicts.
“If you stop drinking alcohol rapidly you develop withdrawal symptoms and something called delirium tremens, which is a form of delirium where you lose touch with the world and it can be life-threatening. About 4% of people who develop DT can actually die”, He said.