S.A nationals jumping the border into Zimbabwe for beer
“Some people from Beitbridge town have also been coming with the beer they trade as barter with groceries. Security officials deployed to stop border jumping were allegedly cashing in on the business and paying no attention to the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 disease. “They charge varying amounts for goods being smuggled and at times R15 per carton of any grocery.”
South African nationals jumping the border into Zimbabwe for beer. “We are also having some Zimbabweans who jump the border into South Africa to buy groceries in bulk. Numbers and volumes of groceries coming through here increased soon after the lockdown.”
The Beer Association of South Africa, as well as other alcohol associations, have been making submissions to President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow the sale of alcohol during the lockdown, saying the closure of their businesses would create unemployment.
In reaction to alcohol sales ban, beer businesses and depots have been looted. Other South Africans have also resorted to homebrews sold out of pure desperation.“Liquor stores, pubs, clubs and taverns have all been closed. On top of that horrific news, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, April 9, announced an extension of a further two weeks,” an official of one of the associations said.
“It was at that point that all hell broke loose. South Africans took to home brewing their own alcohol and it was a ‘challenge accepted’ moment.”
Source – Bulawayo24 News
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