Clamp down on illegal booze sales

2016-05-31 06:00

An operation conducted in Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha has seen several illegal liquor sellers fined.

The City of Cape Town’s Liquor Enforcement Unit participated in an integrated operation from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 May that resulted in the arrest of four suspects for selling alcohol without a licence.

The operation saw the unit join forces with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Provincial Office of the South African Police Service Liquor Control, and the Western Cape Liquor Authority to inspect liquor premises in these areas.

Officers issued 19 spot fines – 11 of which werein Mitchell’s Plain – for various offences related to the City’s by-laws, totalling R50 500.

A Tafelsig shebeen owner was also arrested. The 46-year-old man faces additional charges of assault and resisting arrest.

“At 16:00, the owner arrived at his shebeen and behaved in a disorderly and aggressive manner towards the officers at the scene,” Mayco member for Safety and Security JP Smith says.

Smith says the operation focused on both legal and illegal liquor outlets.

“The maximum spot fine that can be issued by the City for selling alcohol without a licence is R4500, and for trading beyond the regulated selling hours the fine is R4000,” says Smith.

During the first quarter of this year, the Liquor Enforcement Unit closed down 28 illegal liquor premises and conducted 782 compliance inspections in terms of the Control of Undertakings that Sell Liquor to the Public By-law of 2013. They also confiscated nearly 5500F of alcohol during operations with the police.

During the weekend’s operation, 154F of alcohol was confiscated.

“Enforcing our by-laws and other liquor regulations is hard work. We know that illegal operations pop up everywhere and even some of those establishments that are licensed will push the envelope as far as they can,” Smith says in a statement.

“So we rely heavily on the public to keep their eyes open and blow the whistle on operators who are trying their luck and making life miserable for those around them in the process.

“At the same time though, there are many establishments that do obey the law and for that, we thank them.”

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