SOUTH AFRICA: The Kick of the Mule

South Africa's version of "white mule" is a raw, locally distilled brandy which scalds its way down the throats of South Africans of all shades and colors at the rate of some 3,330,000 gallons a year. In the dingy shebeens (speakeasies) dotting the big-city slums, any man with a stomach strong enough to imbibe this fiery liquid in greater quantities than his neighbors becomes the official "Brandy King" of the district. Brave is the toper who dares challenge his asbestos insides.

Recently, the Brandy Kingship of Noordgesig, a Colored (mixed blood) community...

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