Husband and wife just died after drinking homemade beer to get around strict coronavirus lockdown restrictions on alcohol.
Tony Hilliar, 54, and Alida Fouche, 42, had run out of their own supplies of alcohol when they opted to make a batch of homemade beer in the Port Nolloth home in South Africa.
The country has imposed strict restrictions on the sale of alcohol since going into lockdown a number of weeks ago.
It is believed both collapsed at their home after drinking a bottle of the brew each.
Estate agent Tony made a desperate call for help, but when emergency services arrived on scene, he was writhing in agony on the floor while his wife Alida had already passed away.
He was rushed to hospital but died and police investigators sent two empty bottles of home brew beer for forensic testing fearing that they died from alcohol poisoning.
The rest of the homemade beer which had not been drunk was also seized and taken away for laboratory testing.
Close pal Tommy Cockcroft, 52, said: “They both liked a drink at the end of the day which is typically South African but thanks to this poorly thought out government ban there is no alcohol.
“Everyone is making their own homemade beer so Tony did as well but it seems something went terribly wrong with the brew and that they both collapsed and died very senseless deaths.
“This alcohol ban is just beyond total belief and there is no sense whatsoever in it and the sooner people are treated like grown ups the better” he said.
Pastor Bertus de Jager who knew the couple well said: “They were very much in love and you would always see them around the town or on the beach hand in hand together.
“They were lovely people and had been together about six years and were engaged to be married two years ago. This is so so tragic” he said.
South African Police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba confirmed that Alida was found dead at the flat and that her partner died in intensive care in the local hospital several days later. Read here