A ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarettes during South Africa's national lockdown has resulted in dangerous home-made alcoholic brews which are causing some South Africans to fall sick.
South Africa continues with its near 2-month national lockdown as part of efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. While some of the restrictions of the initial level-5 lockdown have since been eased and the country has entered a level-4 lockdown, the ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol remains firmly in place. Naturally, the illegal sale of these items on the black market and at inflated prices is now thriving. Many South Africans have resorted to brewing their own alcohol at home which has unfortunately resulted in a surge of patients being treated for illnesses related to the alcoholic concoctions.