Booze ban gives peace a chance, say battered women

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Booze ban gives peace a chance, say battered women

While the ban will not end gender-based violence, it will lessen the burden on women, say activists

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The sudden ban on alcohol sales has left a sour taste in many mouths, but it was sweet news for women who blame their partners’ drinking for violence and neglect.

Zodwa Mthimkhulu*, of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, who has just given birth to her second child, said she hoped it meant her husband would pay more attention to their family.

“I’ve always been the one who takes care of our son, as he is never home on weekends. If he leaves home on a Friday sometimes we see him again on Monday as he goes out drinking with his friends,” she said...

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