Soweto – Beer drinkers at the Ezimbuzini informal settlement were alarmed to discover that the traditional beer they were drinking was full of maggots.
Gauteng community safety officials arrived at a shack at the settlement where brewing was taking place. They were shocked to discover drums of traditional beer infested with maggots, indicating the brew was in an advanced stage of decay.
It appears many drinkers in the area had been drinking the contaminated beer.
Community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko tweeted: “The things our people drink unknowingly. You buy imbamba, not knowing that you are drinking impethu (maggots).”
The owner of the informal brewery could not be found, officials said. There have been reports of at least two people dying after consuming home-made beer.
Informal brewing has escalated since alcohol was banned during lockdown.