Subcouncil to stem flow of drinks

2017-06-27 06:01
The Cameo Inn liquor store in Postern Road.

The Cameo Inn liquor store in Postern Road.

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An application to extend liquor trading hours at the Cameo Inn liquor store in Heideveld was met with unanimous objection at a subcoucil 11 meeting last week.

The well-known store in Postern Road, which is also home to the Cameo Lounge, had its licence legally renewed for another year but applied to be open on Sundays as well.

Councillor for ward 44 Anthony Moses, who served as a representative on the Liquor Tribunal, referred to the Western Cape Liquor Act when presenting his argument to the subcouncil last week.

“A municipality may, by law, determine the different trading hours for the licence and business of selling and consumption, in a nutshell. The act states that the application must not prejudice the residents of that area,” said Moses.

Moses pointed out that there was a church less than 100m away. The Cathkin community centre and the library were public places and directly influenced by activities taking place on the site, he said.

“There is an old-age home just down the line, there is a Moravian seminary further down the line. In that square there are a number of churches and business,” he said.

The application cites that it would be in the public’s interest for commuters who come home from work late to have an opportunity to buy alcohol.

“It is only in the public’s interest when it comes to that so as a business I can make money. I am not against economic empowerment, but if we look at the context of the community and how it affects the community ...” said Moses.

Community representatives have also spoken out against the application.

William Hess, pastor at Hope ministries, has lived in Heideveld all his life.

“Over the years, the Cameo has been synonymous with violence. I don’t want to close down the Cameo, I understand its existence and I understand everyone is not at a place where they are just going to stop drinking overnight. To have a legitimate place where the [liquor] is sold, you cannot stop that.

“There is already so much happening which comes from the Cameo, but if people approve it, it is going to up the percentage of violence and stuff which is synonymous with the Cameo,” says Hess.

He adds that trading on a Sunday would compromise church activities.

“Sundays are our church day. We are right across the road from there. Our vehicles get tampered with and broken into, our windows get smashed in, and our hubcaps get stolen because of the Cameo being there. I find broken wine bottles tossed into the fence by [the church], people who urinate on the fence and do not have respect for us being a church,” adds Hess.

Heideveld Neighbourhood Watch’s Mugidien Barnes also objects to the store selling on Sundays, but says the objection is not a personal attack on the owners.

“Our concern is that we already have issues with drugs and alcohol use among our youth and that is one of our main reasons why our organisation is directly against extending hours. [The owner] is someone who gives back into the community also, but we don’t want him to feel despondent about the objections because we are only doing it for the good.”

At the subcouncil meeting Al-Jama-ah proportional representative Moegamat Achmat reminded the subcouncil members that certain applications had been granted before despite widespread objection.

“It looks like our subcouncil is not being respected and not being recognised. We as Al Jama-ah as well as my DA colleagues are against this once again and the way it looks, we are going to end up again with them getting the extended hours. Are we serving a purpose here or not?”

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