That'll larn 'em!
CHILDREN as young as 10 are said to be using alcohol, so the authorities say they are going to crack down. Wham! They're going to up the age at which people may be served in bars from 18 to 21. That'll larn these preteen booze artists!
There have been some dreadful incidents of violence at King's Park, apparently involving liquor. (Many say steroids and cocaine are also involved, but first things first). The cops say they are going to stop people drinking on the outer fields as they braai and unwind.
Are family braais and a few beers while the kids run around playing touch rugby really a part of the problem?
Do the cops have a legal case? Are the outer fields of King's Park really public space where it is illegal to drink? The fields are controlled by the KZN Rugby Union. A high palisade fence surrounds them. People pay to go in. The general public are not affected.
It's not illegal to possess liquor. Nor, surely, to consume it in a place not frequented by the general public. Liquor is neither bought nor sold on the outer fields.
The Bill of Rights in our constitution enshrines freedom of association. What could better typify freedom of association than people congregating to watch rugby then braai and enjoy a few beers afterwards all of it totally harmless and legal well out of the gaze of the passing public?
It would make an interesting test case.
TO STOP the braai parties at King's Park would kill stone dead an institution that has become famous all over the world. No other rugby stadium has the space plus the weather to stage such a thing.
The family atmosphere and conviviality of the outer fields are part of the charm of King's Park. To stop that would be absolutely gormless.
If security concerns have arisen and it appears they have it is surely for the rugby authorities and the police to put in place proper counter-measures. It doesn't help to just kick the cat.
A SASPARILLA for the kid When Irish gardai (police) raised a pub in a place called Glenamaddy for being open after hours, they found a three-year-old, a seven-year-old and a 13-year-old with the 50-odd illicit drinkers. It was 2.30 am when the gardai raided.
But they take a dim view of such things in Ireland. A judge closed the pub for two days and nights as punishment.
I wonder where the older kids got help with their homework those two nights?
Mick: "I tink my wife is having an affair wit an electrician. I found a pair of pliers under de bed."
Paddy: "I tink my wife is having an affair wit a plumber. I found a blow-lamp under de bed."
Seamus: "I tink my wife is having an affair wit a horse. I found two jockeys in de cupboard."
A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.