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What’s so upsetting about ‘immediate effect’?

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Apparently some people were partying too hard for the health system’s liking, so our booze was taken away again. Ironically, this left more people ‘pissed’ just in a different way, some because of perceived illegality.


13 Jul 2020
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What’s so upsetting about ‘immediate effect’?

Booze buyers stock up as the initial ban on the sale of alcohol was lifted. Picture: Michel Bega

At least last time, we were given a few days to stock up but now the paternal booze spanking waited on nobody. On the one hand, one can understand the need to avoid hospital visits for avoidable injuries; something nearly all my doctor friends corroborate. On the other hand, if one estimates some 600 hospitals in South Africa with 10 alcohol related injuries per day over the 42 days the alcohol ban was lifted, that’s a mere 0.42% of the population ruining it for the rest of us, which is pretty annoying, but the number is probably even lower considering...

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