Liquor licenses pulled in Umzinto, Margate

2011-11-25 00:00

LOUD music, drinking on site and even murder were among the reasons the Liquor Board cited in revoking the licences of three bottle stores in Umzinto and Margate following Section 11 hearings at the end of September.

The Economic Development Department said communities on the South Coast need to be sensitised to these closures.

The department’s media manager, Beko Madlala, said the licences for Nkonka’s Den and the Plough Hotel in Umzinto were revoked because they were selling liquor to be drunk on their premises.

To make matters worse, Madlala said, the premises are so dilapidated that the “patrons were in danger.”

He said in the case of Nkonka’s Den, which operated as a restaurant, the establishment did not have proper toilets.

The licence holder was also making structural changes to the premises without the Liquor Board’s approval.

“Serious crimes such as murder have taken place in and around the [Nkonka] tavern,” said Madlala.

The liquor licence was also unlawfully leased to a third party. They continued to trade after the board had advised them to stop,” Madlala added.

Zaminhlanhla Tavern, also in Umzinto, had its licence suspended in March because its premises were not up to standard, but the business was allowed to trade again with reduced trading hours.

“They have since done renovations to the premises and hired the service of a security person to control the patrons,” said Madlala, adding the store may trade between 10 am and 10 pm.

Martino’s Tavern in Margate had its licence withdrawn because it sold liquor on the premises and played loud music and its patrons were rowdy near an old age home.

Madlala warned the Liquor Board will revoke all licences that do not comply with the legislation.

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