Pay day booze ban — Is banning alcohol on pay day a good idea?

2008-08-29 00:00

Sam Chapman, Morningside: “I think it is a ridiculous idea. People should be allowed to do what they want with their money. It’s up to them to be responsible if they are consuming alcohol. “

Zerina Barnwell, Sydenham: “I don’t think it will work because people get paid on different days. Surely there must be other ways of reducing crime? It’s great that there is talk about finding ways to reduce crime, but there are other ways it can be done.”

Raj Lochan, Clare Estate: “It sounds like a great idea and I think it will help in bringing down the high crime rate. Anything to reduce crime is great for me. Alcohol abuse does contribute to crime.”

Siya Mtshali, Phoenix: “It’s not a good idea. What will happen to those businesses who sell alcohol? Drinking alcohol is an individual choice and people cannot be told when they can buy alcohol, it’s very stupid.”

Mandy Cassimjee, Bisley: “It is a good plan and worth a try. I think it will definitely help. Everything becomes a habit after a while, so people would get used to it. It might help them to use that time responsibly, like paying off their debts. But then again, people might end up with drinking excessively the day after.”

Prudence Dube, Sweetwaters: “I think it is right. In my view, alcohol should be banned in South Afric totally, simply because it is a killer. People who drink become abusive and display destructive behaviour … I was involved with someone who drank … He would get home in the early hours of the morning, with R50 left after he had drank his pay away.”

Surendra Robert, Bombay Heights: “It is not a good idea. Many people work hard and look foward to some form of pleasure at the end of the month. For many people, it is a stress reliever … I feel people are adult and should be treated as that.”

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