"You guys are just the same as those nyaope and whoonga kids!" That was my wife’s comment after she eavesdropped on a conversation with a mutual friend who was telling me how he’d bought bootleg gin from an "underground supplier" at a heart-stopping R600 for a bottle that usually costs around R130.

This was two weeks ago, before the relaxation of lockdown conditions to allow the sale of alcohol again...

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