Rise in car boot shebeens cause for concern

By ZBC Reporter

Bulawayo residents have expressed concern over the mushrooming of car boot Shebeens in high density suburbs amid fears that it could contribute to the surge in Covid-19 cases.

The arrest of a number of shebeen operators in the city of Bulawayo and other parts of the country has seen daring liquor traders taking to the streets, selling beer from their vehicles, in violation of lockdown regulations.

Bulawayo residents who spoke to ZBC News this Thursday condemned the illegal practice amid real concern that it could turn out to be a Covid-19 super spreader.

“Car boot shebeens are the order of the day here in western suburbs. Most shebeen operators have taken their businesses to the streets in violation of the lockdown guidelines and as a way of running away from law enforcement agencies,

“These shebeen operators operating from their vehicles put our lives at risks because it’s hard for drunk people to maintain social distancing, you cannot control a drunk individual,

“These car boot shebeens should be put to an end. Shebeen operators need to comply with government regulations,” said the residents.

Bulawayo Police Spokesperson, Inspector Abednico Ncube warned the illegal traders saying the long arm of the law will catch up with them.

 “A lot of shebeens are being raided on a daily basis. People now buy alcohol in bulk and drive to certain places where they then hold their shebeen like gathering. Car boot shebeens are on the rise and these constitute unlawful gatherings. They are on the rise in western surburbs.  As the police we have intensified our raids and crackdown on these shebeen operators who continue to put the public at risk,” he said.

Government has tightened lockdown regulations, including shutting down bars following the recent surge in Covid-19 cases.

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