Clampdown on illegal taverns continues

2015-05-21 06:00

THE Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Department is on a mission to clamp down on illegal taverns.

MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu said they had closed down nearly 100 taverns operating without licences.

Mabuyakhulu was speaking during the budget debate for his department last week said, the legal authority in KZN for liquor trading licences.

“We partnered with the SAPS and other stakeholders in dealing with matters of illegal traders through the Zero Tolerance initiative.

“We rolled out routine inspection operations and established community forums to alert the department regarding non-compliance with licences,” he said.

As a result, 98 illegal outlets were identified and closed down.

“We will continue to implement the strategy on illegal trading with the objective of closing down such outlets, deal with outlets close to learning institutions, forge close links with communities and conduct an inspection of all outlets.”

Mabuyakhulu said they are also in the process of conducting research on the economic impact of alcohol in the province.

The blitz on illegal taverns follows concerns from the public about outlets that mushroom in communities and trade at inconvenient hours with little regard for the law or community

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