The liquor store doors are closed, the baking aisle has no yeast and the price of pineapples has rocketed. Welcome to another week of South Africa’s prohibition season 2
It isn’t illegal
After much fan fair with images and videos of police spilling out litres of traditional beer, you wouldn’t be alone in thinking to brew your own liquor is illegal. However, according to regulation 44 of the amended Disaster Management Act as published in the Government Gazette on 12 July, only the sale and distribution of alcohol are against the law.
Making your own liquor in your own home and consuming liquor bought previously or brewed in your home is not against the law, but sharing your brew at gatherings or dropping it off at someone’s house is.
You could get sick from your homebrew
Cooking, baking and brewing liquor are more of a science than an art. They all rely on a predictable reaction to heat, a combination of chemicals and in the case of alcohol the processes of fermentation.
Because most home brewers don’t have the equipment or expertise to test and make the perfect brew, every sip could be the one that lands you in hospital.
If you’re going to drink, be responsible
As we all grab at the parts of ‘normal’ we get back with every new lockdown level, it is important to remember that COVID-19 has not become less potent.