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Western Cape liquor traders warned

2012-06-25 12:44

Cape Town - Western Cape liquor traders who flout new regulations may lose their licences, the provincial liquor authority warned on Monday.

"At the end of this year, you won't get a [liquor licence] renewal form. We will send you a letter saying there are complaints about your business. You will get one chance to answer," said assistant director Nicholas Spencer.

He said businesses would have to prove they were abiding by the new provincial Liquor Act if complaints were levelled against them.

Exceptions might be made in cases where complaints were old, or where the business had recently changed hands.

He was speaking at a public briefing in Milnerton, Cape Town.

The new act came into effect on April 1 this year. Businesses would have until next April, as part of a transition period, to fully comply.

Traders were warned to check with their municipality about when they could operate, as this was dictated by zoning regulations and by-laws.

People applying for new liquor licences could contact the liquor authority instead of magistrate's courts, as was previously required.

They would be required to show a zoning certificate or proof of application for zoning.

Under the new act, individuals could face up to five years in jail, or a R1m fine, for the most serious contraventions, including trading without a licence and selling alcohol to children.

Comments
  • Tony Lapson - 2012-06-25 13:07

    Here's to alcohol: the cause of, and answer to, all of life's problems.

      glen.bleksley - 2012-06-25 13:26

      I'll drink to that! Cheers!

      ackwell - 2012-06-25 13:34

      General Riah said you need not be a drunkerd to own a bottlestore

      angle.g.man - 2012-06-25 13:50

      Great quote: Homer Simpson nest pas?

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-06-25 13:07

    Ho agree on that provincial law that is not law is corruption or draconian law ,the western cape is wilderness country .

      Tony Lapson - 2012-06-25 13:12

      What I just read is, "who agrees that (random concoction of words), I hate Western Cape."

  • lynn.alcock.9 - 2012-06-25 13:12

    Welcome to the nanny province; well that is if JP Smith, Robin Carlisle and now Nicholas Spencer have their way ...

  • mariuskowie - 2012-06-25 13:39

    To eliminate the opposition I just have to get a few of my friends to complain about the opposition not following the rules. Sheesh, Western Cape, Your methods suck.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-06-25 13:48

    "individuals could face up to five years in jail, or a R1m fine,..." wow, drunken driving, assault, robbery, etc carry lighter sentences. Seems they have found a soft target,

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-06-25 13:55

    Western Cape Gov getting great at rewriting the laws to suite them. Like the kragdardige Nat Government. Cant police the present laws so just write some more laws. If I see a bergie drinking in the street do a lodge a complaint against the nearest liquor store.

      smili.fication - 2012-06-25 18:00

      STFU and get back to your brown paper bag.

  • mark.vanderheever - 2012-06-25 14:24

    IM NOT A DRINKER OR A SMOKER.THE ONLY THING IS THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO SHOOT THEM SELF IN THE FOOT ITS LESS TAX FOR THEM HAHA! BTW THOSES THAT DRINK AND SMOKE WILL DO IT IN THERE OWN HOMES! IT DOESNT SOLVE ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeffrey Mangz Longwe - 2012-06-25 14:25

    No DA in Gauteng, otherwise those strange laws flow this side as well, and we Gautengers cant have stores closing too early and clubs closing early just because a few cant handle their alcohol. I would expect a 'granny' to come up with such laws because she doesnt do any of those things, no surprise there. Stop blaming alcohol on everything dammit. Next its cigarettes watch WCapers, dont smoke in front of Zille otherwise...

  • rock.jason.52 - 2012-06-25 14:55

    No doubt western cape is rule by a handful of crazy colored with front teeth missing and some crazy white people! Instead of waiting of the complain liquour store and sheebeen is already a mer problem because outside there's drunker who make noise and swear at each other! In the cape flats and township around cape town many sheebeen or individual sells alcohol witout any formal license... Are they also targeted? Chase the natural and it'll reach u in the gallop!!!

  • Nicky - 2012-06-25 15:00

    Dankie tog vir Mooiberge (Strawberry Farm) :)

  • Billy - 2012-06-25 15:30

    this rubbish is so backwards, restrict the legal businesses because the illegal businesses are causing problems.

  • damonsb - 2012-06-25 15:56

    Hey...in my street ,there is an alcohol shop and a scrap yard. What do I do ,sell my scrap to get drunk?...close them all down, they’re not needed at all, it is no benefit to anyone.

      smili.fication - 2012-06-25 18:01

      HERE HERE!

  • robert.cerff - 2012-06-26 07:44

    Prohibition has worked really well in the past.. in helping criminals make even more money. Honestly, this won't change anything, simply drive the problem underground. Don't blame the substance blame the society that simply passes the blame rather than taking responsibility.

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