Dry town awaits appeal outcome

2018-10-23 06:01

Residents of Fish Hoek will know by Friday 26 October whether or not Fish Hoek Family Store, operating as Pick n Pay, will be granted a liquor licence.

Judgment was reserved on Friday 11 October at the appeal hearing at the offices of the Western Cape Liquor Authority in Bellville, between Fish Hoek Family Store, operating as Pick n Pay, and the Fish Hoek Valley Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association, which wants to keep Fish Hoek “dry”.

Leandre Goliath, representative of the Liquor Licence Tribunal, confirmed that judgment was reserved and that the outcome of the appeal will only be known by Friday at the latest.

The appeal was lodged by Fish Hoek Family Store after their application for a liquor licence was refused last month after the residents petitioned not to allow a bottle store or the selling of liquor in Fish Hoek.

“I attended the hearing at the offices and the meeting was well attended by eight members of the Fish Hoek public which included the chairman of the Fish Hoek Valley Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association and the owner of Grace Hair and Nail Design, the business that will be closed if the application is granted,” says Donald Moore, a resident of Fish Hoek.

The two owners of Fish Hoek Family Store Pty Ltd (PnP) were present and they were represented by their attorney and Adv. Peter Hathorn SC.

Adv, Johan Smit presented the case opposing the appeal on behalf of the Liquor Licencing Tribunal.

The chairperson of the Appeal Tribunal was Judge Deon van Zyl and proceedings commenced on 11 October at 10:00 and concluded at about 14:30.

“There was a considerable amount of paperwork and argument that was presented by PnP in support of its appeal and Adv. Smit ably and convincingly argued against the appeal.

“Judgment was reserved and I believe that Judge van Zyl will not unduly delay his decision but he gave no indication as to when it will be given,” Moore says.

When PnP opened a family store in the arcade in Fish Hoek a few years ago, it was regarded as bringing new life into the village­.

Fish Hoek has always been a “dry” town. It is the only one in South Africa (apart from Pinelands).

“This should be an attracting feature – and it is for many people who have chosen to live here for that very reason.

“Why not? It makes it unique and special and that is the way of life in Fish Hoek,” Moore says.

A few weeks ago PnP’s application for a liquor licence was refused and Moore received the notice of the hearing of the appeal on Thursday 11 October.

“We want to preserve the unique status and way of life of Fish Hoek by keeping it “dry” and I am looking forward to the outcome of the appeal this coming week,” Moore says.

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