The Liquor Act in its current form is a disgrace as it validates the dishing out of liquor licences, including so-called special liquour licences, as though the country is not drowning in alcohol already.
Recently a Windhoek municipal official who appears to have a vested interest in the alcohol business shamelessly defended the sale of alcohol by shebeens in residential areas by claiming it puts food on the table and creates employment.
How many people are employed by one shebeen and how much are they paid? The operations of shebeens are deleterious to society and we cannot encourage people to become “shebreneurs” as though it is a harmless business activity that will solve the unemployment conundrum.
Tintenpalast (parliament) went a step further by approving the installation of slot machines in shebeens in our residential areas and thereby imposing gambling on township folk.
This clearly shows that a corrupt business relationship exists between politicians and players in the alcohol and gambling industries. How hypocritical of Namibian politicians!
It is even more surprising that religious and traditional leaders seem to countenance this reckless sale of alcohol to the indigent in the townships. Let us not be hoodwinked by big corporations that sell alcohol in bulk to shebreneurs with their bogus “responsible drinking” campaigns. Namibians, wake up!