Eastern Cape Liquor Board
Menu
Eastern Cape Liquor Board

Alcohol laws, legislation & regulations

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD UNEQUIVOCALLY CONDEMNS THE PROLIFERATION OF THE HOME BREWED BEER (CONCOCTIONS) DURING THE LOCKDOWN PERIOD

By In Uncategorized On May 5, 2020


MEDIA STATEMENT

TO ALL MEDIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: 05/05/2020

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD UNEQUIVOCALLY CONDEMNS THE PROLIFERATION OF THE HOME BREWED BEER (CONCOCTIONS) DURING THE LOCKDOWN PERIOD

As the Eastern Cape Liquor Board, we have disturbingly learnt that following the prohibition of the sale of alcohol during the lockdown period (as per the national regulations), people have resorted to production and sale of homemade beer (concoctions/Imbamba).

We strongly and unequivocally condemn this abhorrent behaviour that is reportedly rapidly developing in our communities, and stern actions will promptly be taken where such behaviours are identified. This kind of home brewed beer is generally made from a concoction of malt, loaves of yeast, pineapples, sugar and bread, and many other substances such as methylated spirits and battery fluid. Their attraction chiefly lies in affordability and accessibility. We have also been made aware that there recently has been a high demand for the Pineapples in the Eastern Cape, which is an illustration of the magnitude of the problem.

Needless to accentuate that the consumption of illegally and informally produced alcohol and surrogate alcohol may pose a health hazard due to contamination or a higher potential ethanol content. Invariably, the lower cost of the concoctions traded alcohol may result in excessive consumption and abuse thereof, particularly among young people.

Adversely, young people are extremely vulnerable and can develop dependence on alcohol more quickly than adults, and often persons who initiate drinking at early ages tend to develop alcohol problems later in life. It is also important to appreciate the fact that the prohibition of the sale of alcohol during this lockdown period is a well-reached health related rationale. For example, World Health Organisations (WHO) reports that alcohol use, especially heavy use, weakens the immune system and thus reduces the ability to cope with infectious diseases. In addition, heavy use of alcohol increases the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome one of the most severe complications of COVID-19. Therefore, reduction in the consumption of alcohol is one of the most effective measures to curtail the rapid spread of the Pandemic.

As the country enters Stage Four of the national lockdown, the Regulations clearly stipulate – among other things – that the sale of alcohol and distribution of liquor remains prohibited. Therefore, no one during the lockdown period will be allowed to transport or sell alcohol. In addition, illegal selling of alcohol and production of concoctions for commercial purposes constitutes a serious contravention of law in South Africa.

Furthermore, we consciously view the sale of concoctions in a more serious light and wish to urge our communities to be extremely vigilant and report such cases to the nearest police station so that such people can face the full might of the law. The Law Enforcement Agencies are assiduously working to eradicate such obnoxious behaviours in our communities. Everyone must play a meaningful role in promoting healthy communities, particularly during this ill-fated period that confronts the Globe.

We further implore all community leaders in the Eastern Cape to support our concerted effort of identifying and reporting illegal outlets that sell home brewed beer as this poses an extreme danger to our communities and may potentially exacerbate the spread of the Corona Virus.

As the Eastern Cape Liquor Board we wish to convey our sincere gratitude to all of our registered liquor traders that have strictly adhered to the lockdown regulations and thus contributed immensely to the flattening of the curve. We must be constantly reminded that our fervent adherence to the regulations will certainly determine how soon the Virus is eradicated and the wholesale restoration of the economic activity in our country.

Issued by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board Chairperson: Ms Nontsikelelo Moleshe-Pakade.

For more information contact Mgwebi Msiya @060 5016418/ 043 700 0900 /Mgwebi.msiya@eclb.co.za

 

ENDS…

 

 

.