VOTE: Should the legal drinking age be increased to 21?

VOTE: Should the legal drinking age be increased to 21?

A proposal to raise the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 was contained in the Draft Liquor Amendment Bill but was halted in 2016. However, after the Enyobeni Tavern tragedy, the topic has become a topic for discussion again.

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According to Jacaranda FM News, 21 young people tragically lost their lives at the Enyobeni Tavern.

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Many of the victims were underage, and this has reignited the discussion about whether raising the legal drinking age would be a solution.

President Ramaphosa was under the impression that such an intervention would be effective.

The President also commented: “Alcohol is highly addictive. It is something to be consumed in moderation and responsibly, and only by those who are of the legal age to do so and mature enough to handle its effects.”.

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Further reasons for South Africans to think about this proposed intervention lies in the fact that more and more underage people are engaging in alcohol usage, with some starting as young as 10-years-old.

Let us know if you think the legal drinking age should be raised:

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