Community urged to make submissions on liquor bill

2016-12-15 06:01
KZN police inspecting one of the liquor stores in the north of Durban. x

KZN police inspecting one of the liquor stores in the north of Durban. x

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THE Department of Trade and Industry has announced that members of the public have until today, 15 December,to submit written comments on the National Liquor Amendment Bill.

The bill is intended to address the socio-economic impact of liquor, the slow pace of transformation, standardisation of key aspects of regulation and improved regulation in illegal and illicit alcohol as it is envisaged to eradicate the manufacturing and trading in illegal and illicit alcohol and the challenges with regards to regulatory capacity within the National Liquor Authority.

In a statement issued by the minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, on 3 October he said the state spends about R3.3 billion in a year on problems related to alcohol abuse.

Davies said the proposal raised in the bill was a result of the benchmark done in other countries where it was proven that raising the alcohol consumption age assisted in reducing negative incidences related to alcohol consumption. Davies said South Africa has the highest level of alcohol consumption in the world.

Meanwhile, KZN police in partnership with eThekwini Municipality and officials from Department of Trade and Industry, held a joint liquor awareness and enforcement operation in the north of Durban over the weekend.

Eleven illegal trading outlets were shut down and more than 800 litres of alcohol were confiscated.

Phoenix station commander brigadier Bafana Ndlovu said the operation was undertaken as a proactive response to the festive season.

“Our objective with this mission was to ensure that we maintain the safety of our communities particularly the townships of Phoenix and Inanda that experience a high surge of violent crimes where alcohol abuse is a common factor. I was also impressed by the positive response from all role players and find it evident that this operation was a success as we recorded no cases of violent crimes during this operation.”

The three-day operation led to the inspection of 13 premises with eight notices issued to the traders that were found to be in contravention of the liquor licence conditions. Members of the public are urged to submit comments by sending an email to nramphele@thedti.gov.za

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