The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has called on all traditional leaders in the country to help curb the brewing and sale of homemade alcohol which is added with hazardous chemicals.

According to Contralesa there has been an increased number of deaths around the country after consuming home brewed alcohol.

Contralesa president, Kgosi Larmeck Mokoena, says they have also received complaints about the sale of home-brewed alcohol in some areas under the traditional leadership.

Shock as two women die after drinking homemade alcohol:

Mokoena says more emphasis should be on fighting the spread of COVID-19.

“We learned with shock the passing on of not less than four people after drinking homemade African beer. What caused all these deaths is …  dangerous substance that was added to it. We call upon those who are brewing this beer to stop doing so with immediate effect.”

“We call upon the police to thoroughly investigate and all those who are responsible must be dealt with very harshly. We call upon our traditional leader to monitor what is happening in their area,” adds Mokoena.

Alcohol sale and distribution prohibited: 

Yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would remain in Alert Level 3 lockdown and that the sale of alcohol ban remains in place.

Ramaphosa says the alcohol ban is intended to fight the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

“The sale of alcohol from retail outlets and insight consumption of alcohol is still not permitted. Health services in several parts of the country reported that the prohibition of alcohol sales had significantly reduced the number of trauma cases seen on our hospitals over the year period.”

The curfew will now run from 9PM in the evening until 5AM in the morning.

Most gatherings remain prohibited, except for funerals of less than 50 people.