The current alcohol ban is history repeating itself

Cape Talk, 14 May 2020

Prohibition? We’ve been here before. SA’s current alcohol ban has prompted a look at the country’s history.

If you have a desire for a product like alcohol, and if you have enough cash, you will get it – whether it’s banned or not.

South Africa is no stranger to prohibition legislation.

In the 1960s similar laws were in effect – but mainly aimed at African consumers.

Prof Paul Nugent, Professor of Comparative African History at the University of Edinburgh, looks back on the temperance movement and prohibition in South Africa.