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Liquor consumption swells criminal activities

By: Communication Team

Since the beginning of June, crimes related to liquor consumptions have increased in the province. Liquor related crimes and Gender Based Violence which were very low during level 5 and 4 lockdown have skyrocketed.

This is according to the Provincial Command Council team. The command council led by Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha was monitoring compliance of lockdown regulations at Seshego and surrounding areas.

Premier Stanley Mathabatha said there is a need to review and strengthen regulations around consumption and sale of alcohol in the country as it is the main source of crime. “On the first night of June when alcohol sale was permitted under level 3 regulation, 65 casualty cases related to alcohol consumption were reported at hospitals around the province.”

The Premier furthermore condemned the murder of a 31-year-old woman from Namakgale who was discovered by a passerby between Combretum flats and Impala Park Stadium in Phalaborwa. Mathabatha said the rise of GBV cases in the province during level 3 lockdown is a serious concern. “We encourage men in the province to desist from the barbaric behaviour of killing our women,” he said.

Acting Provincial Police Commissioner, Major Gen Jan Scheepers said the province has seen an upsurge in crime since sale of alcohol was permitted. “Due to opening of liquor sales, number of crimes reported in the province have increased. Liquor consumption is causing people to disobey lockdown regulations.” Major Gen Scheepers said alcohol consumption has also resulted in an increase in the number of GBV crimes. According to Major Gen Scheepers, Seshego is a GBV epicenter in the province. Major Gen Scheepers further warned communities to desist from hosting soccer tournaments and attacking police when they carry out lockdown regulations.

Premier has encouraged communities to become activists against coronavirus as the province intensify efforts to curb the spread.