Sunday booze sales ‘wrong’

2014-02-28 00:00

THE news that alcohol will be sold on Sundays, was met with mixed reactions by Pietermaritzburg residents yesterday.

Sandile Ngcobo, who did not want to be photographed, told The Witness that it was worrying that government can allow alcohol sales on Sunday while the province is trying to fight crime and alcohol abuse. “This will lead to more accidents on the roads on Monday mornings as some people won’t sleep because they were partying.”

Scottsville resident and NCF church member Carol Mclardy said this was wrong in the eyes of God. “Sunday is a holy day that we need to respect. How can our government allow such a thing to happen?”

The founder and a director of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) Caro Smit said the move goes against the World Health Organisation that the best practise is to reduce the hours of sales.

“This is the wrong decision made by our province; other provinces, Gauteng and Western Cape, are cutting down on hours of sale while this province is increasing them. This will mean that we will have more crashes on our roads and people will still be drunk on Monday at work.”

She suggested that employers test their staff on Mondays.

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