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The real pandemic: booze debate back on after drunk driver kills 3 cops

Traumatised families, politicians call for tougher restrictions, amid fake news panic that ban is returning

Alex Patrick and Shonisani Tshikalange

The 29-year-old Khathutshelo Mukwevho’s mother says he dreamed of being a metro cop from a young age. His colleague, Silas Phala, 43, was a workaholic and would call his family at least once a week, his cousin says. Not much is known about Edward Phaduli, 37 – his family is too traumatised to speak to the media.

These three Tshwane metro police officers died in an accident in the early hours of Sunday morning while pursuing a suspected drunk driver, who was also killed and whose woman passenger was severely injured. His car was littered with opened and unopened alcoholic drinks.

Less than a week after the government unbanned the sale of alcohol, Mukwevho, Phala and Phaduli – who perished on the N4 between Trans Orange Road and Rebecca Street in Pretoria West – have become the faces of SA’s worst side...

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