Alcohol ban set to cause another spike in illegal and illicit trading

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People have resorted increasingly to homemade booze during the Covid-19 lockdown alcohol ban.
People have resorted increasingly to homemade booze during the Covid-19 lockdown alcohol ban.
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That’s according data collected by Ask Africa, a market research company which tracked the socioeconomic impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown and the gradual reopening of the economy. The data was collected from a representative sample of 4 898 South Africans between June 9 and June 11 of the lockdown.

Ask Afrika chief executive Andrea Rademeyer said: “We saw an increase in the illegal trade of tobacco and alcohol products being distributed or sold among colleagues, neighbours, friends and family when the ban was first initiated.”

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