MBABANE: Senator Themba Masuku, the Acting Deputy Prime Minister has banned the sale of alcohol with immediate effect in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
Addressing the Nation at the Cabinet offices in Mbabane on Wednesday Masuku banned with immediate effect for the next four weeks, he said this decision was influenced by the unfortunate behaviour among members of the public who consume alcohol in groups.
\"It is unfortunate that we have witnessed many imbibers ignoring the directive to only consume alcohol at home, thereby congregating in groups where they remove masks and share their drinks.An intoxicated mind does not have the capacity to think rationally and this is dangerous at a time when every action has a consequence \", said the Acting Prime Minister.
Masuku also added that law enforcement officers have been assaulted by groups that were dispersed for illegally gathering and drinking alcohol, however he warned that the ban was not a ticket for the black market and illegal home brews including buganu.
Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku