south africans queue alcohol bottle stores
© Martin de Kock

It has been 9 weeks since the ban on the purchase of alcohol was announced in South Africa as part of Lockdown regulations. Filmmaker and photographer Martin de Kock from MDKafrica was on the scene Monday morning to capture these photos of the long queues of South Africans as bottle stores re-opened for the first time.

south africans queue alcohol bottle stores
© Martin de Kock

Some South Africans managed to just make their stock last, some created their own home-made brew of beer with pineapples… but most were counting down to today, 1st June, the day they could finally purchase a bottle – or two – of liquor again.

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Great social distancing in the queue to purchase alcohol

According to Martin there was no limit on the quota people could purchase at the bottle stores he photographed – in Northcliff and Melville in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

south africans queue alcohol bottle stores
© Martin de Kock

He reports that people were queuing from long before doors opened at 09h00.


south africans alcohol bottle stores
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south africans alcohol bottle stores
© Martin de Kock
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south africans queue alcohol bottle stores
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See more of Martin’s photos on his Netjies page. Visit his website here MDKafrica

All Photos © Martin de Kock