Liquor board interacts with licence holders

2016-03-03 06:00

THE KZN Liquor Authority met with stakeholders at the Uvongo Town Hall on Tuesday to discuss the Liquor­ Act, its amendments and compliance issues.

Simon Manelli, Executive Manager: Social Responsibility explained the Act and the problems the authority was having with licence holders.

He said alcohol is not to be consumed or sold within 500 metres from a sports ground, school or place of worship. This excludes sports stadiums sports clubs.

“When issuing licences, we also take into consideration what harm the licence will have on property value, the surrounding community and people’s lives,” he said.

He said in some cases, certain licence owners are not present at their businesses and in those instances, a manager should be appointed.

“The Act states this and this rule must be followed,” he said.

In KZN there are 11 committees of eight members each. Each committee comprises a ward councillor, SAPS members and community members. These committees assess the applicant before the licence is granted.

“This committee assists the KZN Liquor­ Authority as these members are actively involved in the respective communities,” he said.

Major-General Thembi Ndlovu, cluster commander for the Ugu District, said she wished the world could do away with liquor as it contributes greatly towards crime.

“Unfortunately, this can’t happen so I want to urge stakeholders here today to adhere to the rules of the liquor act,” she said.

The Ugu cluster comprises 16 police stations where there is a total of 7 613 alcohol­-related cases opened from May 2015 to December 2015.

“As many as 5 605 people were arrested for being drunk in public and 1 944 people sold liquor without a licence,” she said.

In addition to this, 55 applicants failed to obtain a liquor permit and nine licence holders failed to keep their records at their premises.

She said certain establishments failed to comply with trading hours and sell liquor­ way past the time which the licence allows.

She said distributors were also problematic and SAPS are have caught them selling to people who don’t have a licence.

“If I find that you [licence holders] are not complying with the Act, I will report you to the liquor board and have you shut down,” she said.

Sibusiso Msane of Stats SA spoke about the new community survey that was launched on Monday.

The survey will gather basic information such as people’s level of education, their dwellings, statistics on income and ownership of household goods, access to electricity and piped water, and types of toilets. Data is also collected on fertility, cause of death, migration, home ownership and more.

“It is basically a mini census,” he said.

If I find that you [licence holders] are not complying with the Act, I will report you to the liquor board and have you shut down

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