Naked on Sunday

It is a very strange thing, Sunday. It is the day that is going to save South Africa from the ills of alcohol and all that comes and goes with it.

Government both ANC and DA have really run out of ways to fool the public into thinking that they are actually doing something for a change, by annoying the citizens of the country by yet another fake piece of ligislation prohibiting the sale of alcohol on a Sunday.

Admittedly South Africa does have a problem with the abuse of alcohol by many members of society, the effects of alcohol abuse is truly devastating and there is really no argument against this fact. The reality is that something really needs to be done about it.

However what do our intellectual highly overpaid MP'S come up with? Sunday Prohibition? Really, is this all they can come up with? This is going to change the flood of social damage which they seem to think has it's source in the bottle of good old South African wine and the like.

Now why is this prohibition to be had on a Sunday? Why not on a Monday or any other day of the week? 
There is a theory here that this Sunday prohibition thing is a conspiracy by minority religions in South Africa to peeve the Christiaan folks off because the result would be that the onward Christiaan soldiers won't be getting their Sunday dose of wine with their body of Christ and all that stuff.

On the other hand others are saying that most Churches use grape juice, in case there is a recovering alcoholic in the congregation, they do not want to be guilty of pushing the poor inflicted soul off any wagons. So for many years now wine has not been used. That been said there is no scientific study done to show that the use of wine verses grape juice has changed any factors to the falling off the wagon syndrome or visa versa.

If one really thinks about this we could possibly claim that when the use of grape juice started in church,  a decade and a half ago, it very much correlates to the drastic downfall in the amount of congregants rocking up for the sermon.
Why not have this prohibition of alcohol sales on a Friday, this is more politically correct to do because this will fit in much better with the Moslem population and their holy practices.

Friday makes more sense. Besides the Moslem factor it is a much better day to keep the bottle store doors nice and tightly shut. This is pay day for most wage earners.

Friday should be prohibition day, it will save the working poor from drowning their sorrows caused by the pathetic minimum wages they have slaved for all week. This makes more sense.

Through the massive abuse of the penny 'pap-sack' come Friday the first stop is the bottle store or 'shabbeen'.  Here the party starts and does not stop until the cash runs out somewhere around twenty one hundred hours on Saturday when these alcohol abusers, mostly fathers but in many cases both parents come to a crashing fall as they pass out leaving the children hungry and or sniffing glue.

Sunday comes and there is no food the money spent, the local pastor is in their face with brim stone and fire, retributive, holier than thou, repent now, or I won't stop shouting louder over that headache from which the poor miserable alcohol abusing sods will never recover.

Even though damage has occurred during the constant weekend party the worst comes on the Sunday as the dehydrated alcohol poisoned adult starts to abuse each other spilling over onto the rest of the household into the streets only to calm down when the slaves are forced to go back to work come Monday morning in order to earn their next fix come Friday a week.

So why is Prohibition not Friday or Saturday?

Okay, alcohol abuse is bad, there is no greater example of this scourge in South Africa than the deaths and injuries on our roads. Here should be the frontline attack on alcohol abusers. It is clear, no driving under the influence of anything. Why? Well it is scientifically proven that alcohol impairs one's driving ability and as a government they therefore are obligated to do everything they can to prevent alcohol abusers from harming others using the roads. 

This kind of law makes sense. It is scientifically proven, it has reasoning behind the implementation. The limit is clear on drinking and driving, the consequences when caught is clear, (should be clear). The whole thing makes reasonable sense.

Now the big question is, how does Sunday Prohibition as a law make any sense. Why this one day in the week, why not every second day? Why not one week in every month. The point here is that none of it actually makes any sense.  Instead of having more cops on the beat, in a concerted effort on an identifiable frontline such as drinking and driving on our roads coupled with a speedy law system aided by proper alcohol blood testing labs which will create some decent jobs that will actually add to the economy.

The likes of such an intervention will have it's domino effect and curtail the braoder abuse of alcohol. No!  The powers that be, twiddled their thumbs and came up with this silly prank on the masses.

In the process they are threatening jobs, and will eventually criminalize the non-crimanal, the sorrowful underpaid working class the sickly alcoholics,  punish landlords and shop owners, the restaurant supported economy who are already struggling with high rentals excessive food prices and high rates and taxes.

It's freaky is it not? the whole thing is bazaar. No alcohol Sunday's is going to save South Africa from woman and child abuse, from corruption, police brutality, farm murders, stolen toilets, open toilets, been shot on the toilet, bums, car guards and bus accidents, and all that other stuff.

That will only happen when nude on Sundays becomes the 'bi-law.' 
What this pathetic performance from our government shows is that they are lost for idea's, incapable of performing the real stuff.
They stuff around waddling in self important arrogance, trying to fool joe public into believing that they actually doing something. Once again, the reality is they are doing nothing about anything.

Useless, incapable, punitively trying to wash their hands of the guilt that they carry for the waste of the South African public's time and money.

The government have wasted and continue to waste through non essential laws, prohibition and the reason behind all this, is to cover up their lack of good governance which is most probably one of the leading factors contributing to our country's abuse of alcohol.

Now where did I leave my clothes?
GB Garratt 2013-03-19 08:26:17 PM
You raise important and incontrovertible issues. And yes, the politicians make a lot of noise about the unimportant issues as a method of distracting attention away from the difficult and more important issues. Like crime. Like the taxis flagrantly disobeying the law. Like corruption. Like electricity, water and sewerage polluting out rivers. Like litter. Like rape. Like illegal immigration. Like education Like .....................
Malcolm MacLeod 2013-03-19 08:34:24 PM
Well said.
Al de Coning 2013-03-19 08:36:58 PM
Actually, you miss the point entirely. It's not about religion, but about economics. Too many people that get drunk on a Sunday don't pitch up for work on the Monday. You may argue that these same people will just buy their booze on the Sat, so why not make booze available on Sunday? I admit that alcoholics will always be alcoholics, and the laws won't make them change their behaviour, but then I don't think the new laws are aimed at these people. As for the rest of society, even if it improves work attendance on Mon's by 5%, that is an additional 5% productivity that our economy could seriously do with.
Morwen 2013-03-19 10:56:36 PM
And as you write this, Kzn is pushing FOR liquor sales on a Sunday, lol! Liquor laws are provincially specific, not all our provinces may sell on a Sunday and it has nada to do with religion.
graeme.stockwell 2013-03-20 06:34:05 AM
Note - you will not be allowed to buy alcohol legally on Sundays, like that is going to bother SA much!
sxp 2013-03-20 06:44:32 AM
Overpaid and useless, absolutely.
Opinionated Bch 2013-03-20 07:03:18 AM
When has this stopped anyone? There have always been shebeens, even in the old SA and they have charged exorbitant prices for the booze. Best of all the profit from these places is tax free.
Craig Harvey 2013-03-20 10:02:02 AM
if you going to blog, at least get your spelling correct
Martin Foster 2013-03-20 01:46:47 PM
Making alcohol illegal on a Sunday will only serve to enrich those willing to break the law.