Kids ‘should face law on booze’

2012-09-11 00:00

WHAT’S good for the goose is good for the gander — that’s what KZN traders want from proposed changes to liquor laws.

They do not want to carry the can alone and want minors who knowingly dupe liquor traders into illegally selling them alcohol to also face prosecution.

Sipho Nembula, the chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Forum, said it was not enough that liquor traders were arrested when they sold liquor to minors; the minors should also face arrest as they knowingly broke the law by purchasing the liquor.

Nembula was addressing dele­gates at the launch of Sobriety Week in Durban.

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism used the occasion to unveil a new logo for the KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Authority.

Nembula said: “We believe that the law should be sharp on both edges.

“You find that there are youngsters who look much older than they actually are; they come to buy from us and we sell to them thinking they are old enough, only to find that this person is 16 years old.”

He also questioned the wisdom of the proposed amendment to increase the legal drinking age from 18 to 21, saying greater enforcement of the current age was required.

He also called for a review of the section of legislation that forbids patrons at a pub or tavern to leave with their liquor.

Economic Development and Tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, said the KwaZulu-Natal government would be willing to engage liquor traders on any other legislative problems they wanted to discuss.

Mabuyakhulu said the increase in the drinking age limit was proposed because the current age control limit was not adequate.

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