Alcohol worse than tik - De Lille
Alicestine October, Die Burger
Cape Town - Alcohol is worse than tik, Patricia de Lille, the Western Cape minister for social development, said over the weekend.
"Close to 60% of the violent deaths in the Western Cape are alcohol-related. In a province where people need houses and better services, just think what we could do with an extra billion which now has to be spent on alcohol-related matters."
De Lille was the guest speaker at the second liquor conference in Woodstock.
She slammed liquor giants like SAB because of liquor advertisements, especially large billboards in townships "with macho and sexy themes".
"The men in the local shebeens don't look at all like the hunky men on the billboards who drink a cold beer after a long day at work. The men in shebeens who spend money on liquor, which should have gone on food, maintenance and school money for their children, are thin and ill."
She also asked for tax on wine and sorghum beer," because it is unacceptable that about 80% of wine that is sold in the country is sold for less than R13 a bottle".
Alan Winde, provincial minister of finance, economic development and tourism, slammed the impact of alcohol on society.
"The province has a huge alcohol problem. There are about 25 000 illegal shebeens, we sit with the highest incidences of foetal alcohol syndrome and up to 300 people die each month due to alcohol-related injuries," he said.
"We annually spend about R15 billion on issues that are related directly or indirectly with liquor."