Coronavirus and South Africa’s toxic relationship with alcohol

South Africa’s ban on alcohol during the coronavirus pandemic has prompted the BBC’s Vumani Mkhize to reflect on why he and his country have such a toxic relationship with drink.
I was a 17-year-old in my penultimate year at school when I had my first blind-drunk experience, which led to my expulsion in 2002.
I was returning to Ixopo High School in KwaZulu-Natal province, which is surrounded by undulating green hills so famously described by anti-apartheid writer Alan Paton in the seminal nov…

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