Mbalula calls for stricter alcohol laws, says ‘People are out of control’

Johannesburg – Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said that South Africa must review its alcohol laws as “people are out of control”.

The minister of Monday visited the families of three Tshwane metro police officers who died in a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver over the weekend.

The three officers had responded on a call for back-up. The alleged drunk driver was killed in the accident, while a woman who in the suspect’s vehicle was hospitalised. It is understood that alcohol was found in the suspect’s car.

“This over access of alcohol, we drink from 6-6, it’s over and must come to an end. At some point, people can drink but when it’s 10pm they must know it’s over, whether there is COVID-19 (or not), we must review our laws in terms of alcohol access.”

While visiting the families of the officers, Mbalula said that he was “deeply saddened”.

“I am deeply saddened by the untimely passing. We thank them for their service to the nation and commend them for their bravery.”

The minister added that the country needed to review its laws on alcohol access.

“As a country, we need to review our laws on the access of alcohol. We need to address this as it continues to kill our people on roads and everywhere.”

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