30/11/2012 – Women and Children bear the brunt of Alcohol Induced violence – ACDP

Ask the victims of Abuse how they feel about the extention of liquor sales hours… 

 

KwaZulu-Natal, November 29, 2012 – South Africa has a reputation as having one of the highest rates of alcohol abuse in the world. As part of its Vikiela (isiZulu: Protect) campaign, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has identified this social ill as one that needs to be addressed during the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Woman and Child Abuse campaign.

 

In light of the disparities between the Liquor Bills for the various provinces, the ACDP called for a consistent, nationwide approach by government towards addressing the harmful potential of alcoholic products.

 

ACDP chairman and KwaZulu-Natal MPL Jo-Ann Downs questioned the proposed extension of liquor sales hours in KwaZulu-Natal in the face of moves by the Western Cape and Gauteng provincial legislatures to reverse their previous decisions to extend their liquor sales hours.

 

“Alcohol abuse tears down the structures that keep a society healthy and hold it together,” Downs said. “The number of broken homes resulting from alcohol abuse is horrific and intolerable.”

 

“Excessive drinking can also increase one’s propensity for violence and often women and children bear the brunt of this,” she added. “Until government takes a serious stand against against alcohol abuse, domestic violence, rape and other forms of abuse are most likely to continue to escalate,” Downs said.

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