Cape puts squeeze on shebeen suppliers
Johannesburg - The Western Cape government will clamp down on illegal liquor sales from Sunday, Finance, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Alan Winde said in a statement.
Liquor regulations - including the final parts of the Western Cape Liquor Act, the Western Cape Liquor Amendment Act, and the Western Cape Liquor Regulations - took effect on Sunday.
The government would crack down on distributors and retailers supplying the estimated 25 000 illegal shebeens in the province, he said.
These suppliers would be liable for heavy fines, jail terms and asset seizure.
Secure business environments with increased lighting, policing and pedestrian walkways would be provided where alcohol could be legally sold and consumed, he said.
"Through the act we aim to reduce the number of drinking spots in residential areas," said Winde.