15% of liquor sector illegal

2012-05-30 14:00

Cape Town - About 15% of liquor traders are operating without a licence, the National Liquor Authority (NLA) said on Wednesday.

"This normally happens around the informal settlements, and [where] people that were licensed earlier on and those licences were revoked, they continue trading," chief director Thezi Mabuza said.

She said police were responsible for enforcing the National Liquor Act but the NLA also held monthly meetings to identify problem areas.

Illegal shebeens and traders often flouted zoning regulations, music volumes, trading hours and in selling to minors.

"Alcohol is here to stay with us... but we have to find a way to deal with it [the industry] better."

Mabuza was speaking on the sidelines of a trade and industry department seminar in Cape Town on liquor regulation compliance.

The NLA's primary objective was to balance the socio-economic impact of alcohol abuse with the economic viability of the alcohol industry.

The Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use estimated that the industry contributed 4.4% to the gross domestic product of the country, or about R90bn a year.

  • Henri - 2012-05-30 14:05

    wheres my whiskey, is it time yet for a drink ?!?!?!?!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-30 14:55

      I don't quite understand the problem. 1. We pay 'sin' tax on alcohol, where does it go? Certainly not to hospitals or paramedics or police who bear the consequences of alcohol abuse. 2. The premises buy a licence - for what? Where does this go? Not to the police and agencies to monitor and remove underage patrons and clean up the mess in society. So, drop all the taxes and let us be, the government squanders the money and it does not go towards preventative prrogrammes for abuse nor does it help towards repairing damage, it's just another theft of our money.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-30 15:21

      80% of the political sector illiterate.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 15:47

      @Zoolie - if the boeing has flown over, it's time for a drink. At least a couple of houses in my block sell illegal booze. Think the cops only go there to get freebies.

  • Bob - 2012-05-30 14:09

    I think 15% is way off the mark! Townships are rife with illegal liquor sellers!

      Koos - 2012-05-30 14:27

      Agreed, I started laughing when I read 15% and not only in townships mind you. I live in a pretty posh area and yesterday evening I almost ran over a drunk hooker. You just can't escape the rot.

  • Paul - 2012-05-30 14:09

    Informal Sector........mmmmmm Obviously you don't need a license if you do anything "Informally" like Taxi driving or running a country.

      ThinkingChick - 2012-05-30 14:19

      Let's not forget "informal settlements." Although, seeing the ANC did say a couple of months back that it wants to "indigenise the alcohol selling industry." Was amused to see what it is worth. Can imagine a chain of Zuma's Spear shops going up in place of Solly's etc.

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2012-05-30 14:12

    this Mabuza is always drunk, she should be saying they closed down illegal liquor traders not stating the obvious

  • Loo - 2012-05-30 14:18

    ONLY 15% lol .. I think you guys should must check again. For every one liquor store round here I can count 5 shebeens

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-05-30 14:20

    Guys are just trying to make a living! I do understand the risks but at the end of the day they have taken the initiative to start a business.

      Loo - 2012-05-30 14:33

      NO. I don't agree. I believe that if you are willing to take taxpayers money for a product, be a taxpayer yourself. Informal businesses is going to ruin this country still. Ask the legitimate tax paying business owners with hawkers outside their store how long they will be bale to pay their staff.

  • Loo - 2012-05-30 14:22

    Was all the Liquor bought for the ANC party from legitimate liquor outlets I wonder. maybe someone on this forum sold them liquor without a license. Am I on a goose hunt.. maybe .. but forgive me for being sceptical of our government that preaches one thing but are the first ones to NOT stick to their own preachings.

  • Al - 2012-05-30 14:26

    I'm actually amazed at how long after the DA has commented and taken some corrective steps (all be it to huge uproar from the public in the Western Cape) that NLA now mentions the same findings, but unfortunately unlike the DA no solutions or actions except complaints the the police should be enforcing the law. Shameful.

  • Ntuthuko - 2012-05-30 14:51

    I do operate in this but, kzn liqour board is so difficult you can not resist to trade illigaly.

  • nkadimeng - 2012-05-30 14:52

    First stop the corruption at liquor licence board, from experience, why would someone work at the board (his duties include approving applications) when they he owns a law firm that specialises in liquor licences? They even collude with SAPS members that are suppose to carryout inspections for compliance at premises that have applied. And as for prefessional fees that applicants have to pay, they are exorbitant, one cannot do anything about them because they dictate the market #bastards

      Roy - 2012-05-30 15:00

      who could that be working at the Board and owning a liquor store.

      nkadimeng - 2012-05-30 15:23

      @Roy, i'd rather not say anything for now, but believe i know someone. Some things you have to have tried them to know them.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-05-30 15:05

    Instead of wasting time with the legal brews close down the illegal brewers who are poisoning the nation..... I also agree with Bob, 15% is a fraction of the illegal sales, every 2nd shack in the Grahamstown township sells liquor in the backyard!

  • Karel - 2012-05-30 16:11

    Give them both a Bells !!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-30 16:11

    what the hell 95% of the government havnt got licences or training to manage this country thats why they driving it into the ground.

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