Govt to impose hefty liquor licence fees for World Cup

2010-02-18 09:52

THE organisers or owners of any “public viewing event” of Soccer

World Cup games will have to pay R50 000 for a special liquor licence, the

Independent Online reported today.


This is according to draft legislation gazetted by the department

of trade and industry (DTI) on January 18, which was open for comment until

yesterday.


It contains a “2010 Soccer World Cup Liquor Policy” which states

that any “public viewing event” where matches are broadcast to the “general

public or otherwise” will need the liquor licence.


This law will be applied everywhere except in “private

dwellings”.


This includes “cinemas, bars, restaurants, stadiums, open spaces,

offices, construction sites, oil rigs, water-borne vessels, buses, trains, armed

services establishments, educational establishments and hospitals”.


But liquor law expert Marius Blom said the proposed bill

contradicted provisions in the Constitution.


He also said the department had gone beyond the boundaries of its

powers.


“Government, through the DTI, simply does not have the competency

to regulate the retail sale and the consumption of liquor during the World Cup,”

said Blom.


He said only provinces had the authority to legislate the

consumption of liquor.


“Nowhere in any of the instruments of legislation applicable in

each of the provinces, is there any provision for special licences with a

licence fee of R50 000.


“There is also no provision for a type of licence which will only

be valid for the World Cup period,” said Blom, in a letter to the Gauteng Liquor

Board this week.


He said existing licensees had a legal right to trade in liquor on

their premises.

 

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