PRETORIA - Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula wants much stricter laws in place when it comes to drinking and driving.
This comes after three Tshwane Metro police officers were killed in a head-on collision during a high-speed chase this past weekend.
The driver of the other vehicle was also killed and was apparently drunk.
Tshwane Metro Police Johanna Nkomo is devastated after three of her officers died in the crash.
Mbalula joined her in a media briefing to share his condolences with the families of the deceased and, he's clear, he thinks drivers should not be allowed to consume any alcohol.
"COVID or no COVID alcohol and drunk and driving is part of South Africa’s problem," Mbalula said.
"When COVID arrived we were in the process of implementing the Aarto Bill that the president has signed into an act, I was also in parliament to amend the regulations ,to ensure that now you are now going to be arrested in South Africa if you are found drinking alcohol."
Family members of one of the officers were too traumatised to say much, except that they are deeply hurt, and they hope others don't lose their loved ones in the same way.
Police say they are assisting the families.
A case of culpable homicide has been opened