We have dealt with a couple of Alcohol bans since the Pandemic emerged. Bans that limited when, where and how much alcohol people could buy. Of course people were not happy with this, when you limit and try to control something they enjoy, or are even addicted too, it enrages them. However what if I told you that this is not the first time in South Africa that Alcohol has been banned. During Apartheid a major alcohol Ban took place, however this time it wasn't about saving lives. It was about controlling black people. All the details are down below.
During Apartheid times there was a large ban on alcohol. However this ban was only for black people, than called natives. The ban made it illegal for black people to purchase alcohol, this was done so that the Apartheid Government could have better control of them. However concessions were made for Black people who were considered "educated". They were given special permits to buy alcohol. This alcohol Ban was out into place because the Apartheid Government feared black people and considered them savages and uncontrollable when intoxicated. However life finds a way and Black people soon found a way to continue drinking alcohol in secret.
Power to the Women :
Black Women were a blessing during this time as they made home brewed beer and would illegally sell it. For the longest time this was how black people got there alcohol, however it lead to a lot of issues. Because of the sale of illegal alcohol, Police now had a reason to raid town ships. They would often do these raids, arrest people and destroy the supply of home brewed alcohol, leaving many black citizens without alcohol once again. However the Apartheid Government soon came up with a solution to the problem they had created.
Controlling the people :
The "Dop" System or "Tot" system was reward based structure that gave black farm and mine workers alcohol as a reward for their labour. This controlled them, by intoxicating the people themselves, the government could keep them sober for work and drunk and docile so they wouldn't form an uprising when they didn't work. The result of this was rampant alcoholism that, the tot system is usually considered as a contributing factor of the alcohol and drug addiction that face many modern day communities. So what are the implications of all this.
The reality of the situation :
While I do not believe that the original alcohol Ban and the present day alcohol bans ate related in any way. The sad history of our Country do draw parallels between them. Alcohol was a factor in controlling lives of the past and this is something we should educate ourselves, So we can recognize it if it ever starts to happen again. What do you think of these observations, tell me your opinions in the comments section below and follow for more news as it happens.
Content created and supplied by: News_and_Vibes (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More