MBABANE: Chief Gija Dlamini, the Manzini Regional Administrator (RA) has urged the Nation to report illegal alcohol consumers and those selling it through the black market to the police so they can face the law.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Tuesday, the Manzini RA shared comments regarding reports suggesting that a popular hangout spot, the The Vibe in Manzini was operational in the past weekend.
"We haven't yet received information about any hangout spot that was open over the past weekend, but we would like to encourage the Nation to report such activity to the police, so that the culprits could face the law,"said the Manzini RA.
The Regional Administrator also decried the fact that people do not reveal their sources of alcohol once they are found to be in possession of some by the police. He also implored the nation to demonstrate its commitment towards the fight against the COVID 19 virus.
"Government is equally frustrated by the alcohol ban, but there is a need for a balance between life and the economy.The nation needs to commit itself and fast for a month to demonstrate its commitment towards saving lives," the Manzini Regional Administrator said.
When reached for comments, Thamsanqa Hlatshwayo the Chairperson for the Swaziland National Liquor Association ( SNLA) blamed government for the mess .
"Government failed at the beginning when it instituted the ban. It didn't provide any enforcement measures.The ban is just enforced by the word of mouth without any enforcement measures . Government also failed to provide compensation for Alcohol traders, the thriving black market has forced mainstream traders to open their establishments. These people have bills to pay, so if the state is failing to deal with black market traders , they will also open their business", said the the Chairperson.
Chief Gija- Manzini Regional Administrator