To All Media
For Immediate Release
28 May 2020
EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD GRAVELY CONCERNED WITH THE INCREASING NUMBERS OF DEATHS FROM ILLEGAL BREWS
The Eastern Cape Liquor Board has learnt with the deepest shock and dismay about the gruesome death of four people from consuming an illegal brew at Ilitha Township in King Williams Town. This horrible incident happens hot in the heels of a similar incident in Stutterheim and King Williams Town, where members of the community perished from consuming home-brewed beer.
We strongly condemn this abhorrent behaviour in our Province, and wish to urge members of the community to refrain from consuming this deadly and untested home-brewed beer. While it is the most affordable beer and has become the most accessible beer during the lockdown, we wish to send a stern message to communities that they must take responsibility for their own lives and desist from buying and consuming this deadly substance. We further wish to urge our communities to report anyone who illegally sells the homemade brew to the nearest police station or to the Eastern Cape Liquor Board Complaints Toll-Free Line 080 000 0420 or WhatsApp Number 0764036223.
We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased, and further implore everyone in the Eastern Cape to prevent the re-occurrence of this unfortunate incident in their own areas. During this time, communities must come together and fight this scourge in order to prevent further loss of life. The law will continue to act ruthlessly against those that are associated with this behaviour.
For more information, you can contact ECLB spokesperson Mgwebi Msiya at 060 501 6418 and at Mgwebi.firstname.lastname@example.org