Two days after South Africa re-imposed ban on sale of alcohol to contain the spread of coronavirus infections, thieves have broken into a liquor store in Cape Town.
“They ripped the safety gate off with their vehicle… they tied a rope around it and yanked it off. They then threw a boulder through the window,” Mark Kallend, shop owner of Liquor Bothasig said.
All the whiskies were emptied. Bottles of wine and brandy were left untouched.
President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement of the alcohol ban on Sunday.
More than 40% of the 40,000 trauma cases recorded in the country in a week are alcohol-related, something that the health system could not afford now.
South Africa is the worst hit country in Africa with 311,049 infections and 4,453 fatalities.
The government projections estimate deaths to surpass 50,000 by the end of the year.