Bias in issuing of licences is highly unfair

2017-11-23 06:00

Fairness and equality to opportunities means total freedom for all, and not just the chosen few.

I have been noticing the current trend regarding alcohol sellers/distributors.

Firstly, let’s put it on record that selling alcohol is legal in South Africa. Of cause that legality comes with the conditions of the license.

In the townships, many liquor outlets and shebeens and taverns do not have the license to trade.

Most take part in this business to survive the economic downturn.

Alcohol is the most bought commodity in the country. Even well-established retailers are cashing in on alcohol.

They are even undercutting established taverners and shebeens in the townships.

It is never easy for local retailers to acquire licences.

But for the big retail stores it’s easier to get licenses as they have the financial muscle to meet all the “requirements” for trading.

And most of the time they come with such notions as claiming to create jobs for the poor.

I find this good but also hypocritical as our people can also be able to deliver on these and more if they can be given the same equal chances by the so called liquor boards.

When a township shebeen owner request a license, they are told about the high crime rate and high murder rate happening due to alcohol.

That excuse always lives me wondering if the alcohol sold in retail shops does not have the same effect.

The same liquor board always uses the community structures such as CPF’s to be the stumbling blocks for the local businesses.

CPFs now operate as fronters for the well-established retailers.

For example, in Philippi, construction of the Pick and Pay and Boxer liquor outlets have started and billboards are already up, championing this, yet locals who have requested for the same licences from the provincial liquor board are still knocking on closed doors, as far as receiving their own trading licences.

Even worse, their liquor is being impounded week in and week out.

Thembalethu Qolo KTC

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