I have a couple of questions about the new proposed alcohol trade regulations for Gauteng.
What do authorities think they are going to achieve by restricting the sale of alcohol by some establishments on the selected religion’s holy day? Why did they pick this religion’s holy day and not another religion’s holy day? Why not restrict the sale of alcohol on Saturdays by Jewish establishments and on Sunday by Christian establishments? Even better, why not restrict the sale of alcohol on the Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy days, then we can have sobering weekends? Does it seriously matter when people can buy alcohol because one cannot really dictate when they can drink? We have already done this one during apartheid why did authorities abolish those regulations in the first place?
This type of regulation is about as useful as restricting the sale of petrol on a Monday and weekends before 09:00 and after 17:00 because some motorists speed.
What concerns me the most is not the fact that authorities consider such regulations but that these individuals view themselves as “intelligent” and they have power!