Tipple application denied

2015-06-23 06:01
A liquor license application in ward 46 has been denied following public participation. Ward councillor Junade Hoosain said in his motivation that the outlet would not benefit the community positively.

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Monique Duval

A liquor license application in ward 46 has been denied following public participation. Ward councillor Junade Hoosain said in his motivation that the outlet would not benefit the community positively. PHOTO: Monique Duval

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A liquor application for a new outlet in Ruimte Road, Manenberg has recently been denied at the Athlone Subcouncil.

The application which came from a resident was denied by the sub-council citing substance abuse as a contributor to crime and violence in the area.

Stephen Japtha, the applicant, motivated in his application that his proposed establishment, Stevie G Liquor Stores, would be in the community’s interest as it would have an “inviting atmosphere”.

“I had the idea to open the store as the local (liquor) store in the neighbourhood feels unsafe with seedy characters hanging around. I want to provide a safe alternative to the already existing liquor stores in the area. A lot of these premises are operating without the proper licences,” Japtha said.

Despite further motivating that the establishment would be an opportunity for employment, sub-council 17 unanimously denied the application.

Edgar Carolissen, sub-council 17 chairperson, confirmed the application was denied after ward 46 councillor Junade Hoosain consulted with neighbouring institutions.

“Hoosain felt it was not to be supported because of alcohol and substance abuse, related violence and crime in the area and he consulted with the neighbouring two churches, three schools and the Matrix Substance abuse prevention and treatment centre which is in close proximity to this applicant’s premises. All these institutions were unanimous in their objections,” Carolissen says. In his motivation to oppose the application, Hoosain added that the proposed premises is situated in an area where two rival gangs operate.

Three objections which came from Saambou Primary, Manenberg Primary and The Leadership College stated that the outlet would negatively impact on their institutions. “The school is struggling with a serious drug problem among our learners. The anti-social behaviour of learners is causing major problems in our schools therefore the school is not in favour of the outlet,” the motivation from Manenberg Primary read.

The Leadership College said the proposed liquor outlet would be in close proximity to the school and “quite a few learners walk down Ruimte Way on their way to school and back home”.

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