Get outlets that sell alcohol out of our neighbourhoods

2017-12-05 06:00

We have once again entered the period of 16 Days of Activism against women and child abuse. It is, however, important to note that these campaigns will not really be effective unless we address its root causes.

One of the key causes in disadvantaged areas is the abuse of alcohol. It is the main substance that keeps food away from the mouths of children, that leads to the assault of women and children and which often causes vulnerable women to commit themselves to, or become involved with, abusive men in the first place. In these areas, alcohol is most commonly obtained from shebeens, taverns and spaza shops.

The biggest problem with these outlets is that they make buying alcohol possible right there where people live, including early in the morning and late at night. The incidence of physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse of women and children would have been lower if alcohol was less accessible. Few people would spend money on travelling to distant liquor outlets or make the effort to go to them and they would not be able to buy it after hours.

It should be illegal for a tavern or shebeen to be in a residential area. Many spaza shops and shebeens are even selling liquor without licences, and also to children. The very government that complains of alcoholism that is so rife in disadvantaged areas has issued licences to these outlets. The community in which they operate is usually not consulted when applications for these licences are considered.

People often protest in front of homes known to be drug dens. Why don’t communities also demand the closure of places selling alcohol in residential areas? Places selling liquor should be limited to shopping centres, which cannot be accessed easily after hours. Police often crack down on hawkers selling goods without permits. During the holiday period, police confiscate thousands of litres of alcohol from beachgoers. How often, however, do they have inspections and confiscate alcohol from spaza shops and shebeens selling liquor without valid permits?

Will we ever find that these places are not only fined but even closed down? Will we ever see the day when these outlets are restricted from operating in our neighbourhoods? The public is usually urged to fight against women and child abuse, but what are the departments of social development, community safety and justice and the liquor authority doing about this key contributor to this abuse?

R Bartes Cape Town

We have once again entered the period of 16 Days of Activism against women and child abuse. It is, however, important to note that these campaigns will not really be effective unless we address its root causes.

One of the key causes in disadvantaged areas is the abuse of alcohol. It is the main substance that keeps food away from the mouths of children, that leads to the assault of women and children and which often causes vulnerable women to commit themselves to, or become involved with, abusive men in the first place. In these areas, alcohol is most commonly obtained from shebeens, taverns and spaza shops.

The biggest problem with these outlets is that they make buying alcohol possible right there where people live, including early in the morning and late at night.

The incidence of physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse of women and children would have been lower if alcohol was less accessible. Few people would spend money on travelling to distant liquor outlets or make the effort to go to them and they would not be able to buy it after hours.

It should be illegal for a tavern or shebeen to be in a residential area. Many spaza shops and shebeens are even selling liquor without licences, and also to children. The very government that complains of alcoholism that is so rife in disadvantaged areas has issued licences to these outlets. The community in which they operate is usually not consulted when applications for these licences are considered.

People often protest in front of homes known to be drug dens. Why don’t communities also demand the closure of places selling alcohol in residential areas?

Places selling liquor should be limited to shopping centres, which cannot be accessed easily after hours. Police often crack down on hawkers selling goods without permits.

During the holiday period, police confiscate thousands of litres of alcohol from beachgoers. How often, however, do they have inspections and confiscate alcohol from spaza shops and shebeens selling liquor without valid permits?

Will we ever find that these places are not only fined but even closed down? Will we ever see the day when these outlets are restricted from operating in our neighbourhoods?

The public is usually urged to fight against women and child abuse, but what are the departments of social development, community safety and justice and the liquor authority doing about this key contributor to this abuse?

R Bartes Cape Town

We have once again entered the period of 16 Days of Activism against women and child abuse. It is, however, important to note that these campaigns will not really be effective unless we address its root causes.

One of the key causes in disadvantaged areas is the abuse of alcohol. It is the main substance that keeps food away from the mouths of children, that leads to the assault of women and children and which often causes vulnerable women to commit themselves to, or become involved with, abusive men in the first place. In these areas, alcohol is most commonly obtained from shebeens, taverns and spaza shops.

The biggest problem with these outlets is that they make buying alcohol possible right there where people live, including early in the morning and late at night.

The incidence of physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse of women and children would have been lower if alcohol was less accessible. Few people would spend money on travelling to distant liquor outlets or make the effort to go to them and they would not be able to buy it after hours.

It should be illegal for a tavern or shebeen to be in a residential area. Many spaza shops and shebeens are even selling liquor without licences, and also to children. The very government that complains of alcoholism that is so rife in disadvantaged areas has issued licences to these outlets. The community in which they operate is usually not consulted when applications for these licences are considered.

People often protest in front of homes known to be drug dens. Why don’t communities also demand the closure of places selling alcohol in residential areas?

Places selling liquor should be limited to shopping centres, which cannot be accessed easily after hours. Police often crack down on hawkers selling goods without permits.

During the holiday period, police confiscate thousands of litres of alcohol from beachgoers. How often, however, do they have inspections and confiscate alcohol from spaza shops and shebeens selling liquor without valid permits?

Will we ever find that these places are not only fined but even closed down? Will we ever see the day when these outlets are restricted from operating in our neighbourhoods?

The public is usually urged to fight against women and child abuse, but what are the departments of social development, community safety and justice and the liquor authority doing about this key contributor to this abuse?

R Bartes Cape Town

We have once again entered the period of 16 Days of Activism against women and child abuse. It is, however, important to note that these campaigns will not really be effective unless we address its root causes.

One of the key causes in disadvantaged areas is the abuse of alcohol. It is the main substance that keeps food away from the mouths of children, that leads to the assault of women and children and which often causes vulnerable women to commit themselves to, or become involved with, abusive men in the first place. In these areas, alcohol is most commonly obtained from shebeens, taverns and spaza shops.

The biggest problem with these outlets is that they make buying alcohol possible right there where people live, including early in the morning and late at night.

The incidence of physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse of women and children would have been lower if alcohol was less accessible. Few people would spend money on travelling to distant liquor outlets or make the effort to go to them and they would not be able to buy it after hours.

It should be illegal for a tavern or shebeen to be in a residential area. Many spaza shops and shebeens are even selling liquor without licences, and also to children. The very government that complains of alcoholism that is so rife in disadvantaged areas has issued licences to these outlets. The community in which they operate is usually not consulted when applications for these licences are considered.

People often protest in front of homes known to be drug dens. Why don’t communities also demand the closure of places selling alcohol in residential areas?

Places selling liquor should be limited to shopping centres, which cannot be accessed easily after hours. Police often crack down on hawkers selling goods without permits.

During the holiday period, police confiscate thousands of litres of alcohol from beachgoers. How often, however, do they have inspections and confiscate alcohol from spaza shops and shebeens selling liquor without valid permits?

Will we ever find that these places are not only fined but even closed down? Will we ever see the day when these outlets are restricted from operating in our neighbourhoods?

The public is usually urged to fight against women and child abuse, but what are the departments of social development, community safety and justice and the liquor authority doing about this key contributor to this abuse?

R Bartes Cape Town

We have once again entered the period of 16 Days of Activism against women and child abuse. It is, however, important to note that these campaigns will not really be effective unless we address its root causes.

One of the key causes in disadvantaged areas is the abuse of alcohol. It is the main substance that keeps food away from the mouths of children, that leads to the assault of women and children and which often causes vulnerable women to commit themselves to, or become involved with, abusive men in the first place. In these areas, alcohol is most commonly obtained from shebeens, taverns and spaza shops.

The biggest problem with these outlets is that they make buying alcohol possible right there where people live, including early in the morning and late at night.

The incidence of physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse of women and children would have been lower if alcohol was less accessible. Few people would spend money on travelling to distant liquor outlets or make the effort to go to them and they would not be able to buy it after hours.

It should be illegal for a tavern or shebeen to be in a residential area. Many spaza shops and shebeens are even selling liquor without licences, and also to children. The very government that complains of alcoholism that is so rife in disadvantaged areas has issued licences to these outlets. The community in which they operate is usually not consulted when applications for these licences are considered.

People often protest in front of homes known to be drug dens. Why don’t communities also demand the closure of places selling alcohol in residential areas?

Places selling liquor should be limited to shopping centres, which cannot be accessed easily after hours. Police often crack down on hawkers selling goods without permits.

During the holiday period, police confiscate thousands of litres of alcohol from beachgoers. How often, however, do they have inspections and confiscate alcohol from spaza shops and shebeens selling liquor without valid permits?

Will we ever find that these places are not only fined but even closed down? Will we ever see the day when these outlets are restricted from operating in our neighbourhoods?

The public is usually urged to fight against women and child abuse, but what are the departments of social development, community safety and justice and the liquor authority doing about this key contributor to this abuse?

R Bartes Cape Town

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