The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital said that the facility had treated more patients in its trauma units with alcohol-related incidents in the past 24 hours.
Many South Africans lined up outside liquor shops on Monday as restrictions on the sale of alcohol were lifted with the move to level 3 of lockdown.
The hospital’s CEO Nkele Lesia: “Within 24 hours of alcohol being allowed, the number of cases in the trauma unit almost doubled. The majority of the patients were drunk, a few patients had gunshot wounds and injuries from general assaults.”
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Watch: Gauteng woman badly beaten after asking a police officer to wear a mask while addressing her
The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department, IPID and even Minister Fikile Mbalula have all reacted with horror after it was reported that a citizen was beaten, kicked and groped following an altercation in Gauteng.
The family of Thalente Ngidi has shared their grievances on social media, recalling a horrific encounter that the citizen had with an overzealous officer. After a routine traffic stop, its understood Ngidi asked the Gauteng officer to wear a mask when addressing her in the car. This, apparently, sent the cop into a rage.
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