Gcilima pubs may close at midnight

2011-11-30 00:00

GCILIMA’S bartenders may soon have to start calling last orders 20 minutes before midnight and to refuse to serve alcohol to patrons who are drunk.

This comes after a meeting held yesterday between local induna Alson Jula, residents, councillors, liquor traders and police. It was proposed at the meeting that all taverns and shebeens in the area should close at midnight.

The proposed curfew on watering holes is a response to complaints by residents of the sprawling neighbourhood near Margate to stem rising levels of violence between drunk patrons.

The Witness reported yesterday that the community has spoken out against escalating violence at SB Tavern after Nkosibonile Msabala (22) was fatally stabbed during a fight.

Sergeant Phumzile Makaula of the Margate police attended the meeting.

“The community members decided that all liquor outlets must close at midnight to prevent people from drinking excessively,” Makaula said, although some outlets have trading hours that go far beyond the proposed midnight closure.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean that the proposed shorter hours will prevent people from drinking excessively. Therefore the community also insisted that traders stop serving alcohol to people who are already drunk.”

Makaula said leaders in the community appealed to residents to behave responsibly when having a drink.

“As police we are also committed to reducing the violence. There will be a much stronger police presence to deter these acts of violence.”

Makaula said liquor traders in the area will convene a separate meeting to discuss their response to the community’s proposal.

The traders have declined to comment at this stage.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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