Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
29 Jul 2021
4:01 am

Alcohol serves as a coping mechanism for many

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

The women we judge as they dance with bottles of alcohol in their hands are escaping the reality of broken dreams, joblessness and hunger.

People qeue outside the Makro liquor store as alcohol goes on sale again following the easing of lockdown regulations, 26 July 2021, Centurion. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The late, great Maya Angelou once said: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” This quote relates to our youth of today, deprived for so long of alcohol and the club scene as an escape in a world of so much pressure. This I came to realise with the latest adjusted lockdown level 4 that the country has recently come out of. As I had stockpiled my liquor ahead of the anticipated lockdown, many believed I had a “dealer” and my alcohol collection was the envy of my peers. At the...