Motsoaledi defends proposed liquor laws

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says society needs to help government curb alcohol abuse.

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday defended proposed changes to liquor laws.

The minister said health issues were behind government's attempt to have the legal drinking age changed from 18 to 21. Government is also looking at banning the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

Motsoaledi said on average, 40 people die on South Africa's roads every day.

He said this is why government should intervene.

The health minister said all South Africans must take part in the enforcement of the proposed laws.

He said society as a whole needs to realise that the regulation of alcohol will lead to a better way of life.

Motsoaledi said the controversial legislation is still in a ministerial consultation stage.

It is due to be released for public comment when it is complete.