Liquor laws to be tightened - MEC

2012-02-27 18:30

Johannesburg - An end to Gauteng's moratorium on liquor licences will be announced in March, Economic Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu said in Johannesburg on Monday.

The exact date of the end of the moratorium was expected to be revealed on Sunday. Liquor laws and trading times were also to be tightened up, she said.

There was "no chance" of liquor sales being allowed outside restricted hours.

"I want people living in the townships next door to shebeens to have a quality of life," she told reporters.

The times of some venues selling alcohol would probably be restricted to after 14:00 and then cut short in the evening.

"People living in the suburbs would never put up with what people in the townships have to put with," she said, referring to the noisy and drunken behaviour at shebeens.

The MEC said she would not be pushed into allowing big retail groups to dominate the liquor market at the expense of small bottle stores.

"The small guy employs eight people, the big guy uses existing staff," she said. Keeping and creating jobs in the industry was paramount.

Mahlangu said that in Sandton City, an established liquor store's lease renewal had been refused because a major retailer wanted the sole licence in the centre.

"The big guy will not be allowed to bully the little guy," she said.

  • Jeeves - 2012-02-27 18:47

    Alcohol has ruined more lives than any plague or genocide. And it's not the life of the drinker I am talking about. (This comment specifically about consuming past moderation of course).

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-27 22:00

      Almost as many lives as religion...

      Wt - 2012-02-28 08:28

      It has also created a vast amount of unforgettable moments!

  • Burtfred - 2012-02-27 18:52

    Why don't you just stop beating about the bush - you don't like "white" traders to do better tham "black" traders. The liquor trade in Gauteng is dominated by people of Portuguese extract and they do a very good job of it. Mahlangu, I'm sure you wouldn't have yor job if you were not "black"

      Kim - 2012-02-27 19:09

      She needs to drink more and relax Burtfred.

      Kevin - 2012-02-28 09:20

      WHY do people ALWAYS have to turn everything around to race and racism?? Grow up!!

  • Kim - 2012-02-27 19:06

    So because the townshop people cannot handle their booz, it now a problem for the people living in the suburbs. It is those corrupt people that turn half of us to drink with their murdering, raping, striking, land grabs and those embezzling taxpayers money.

  • Fussed - 2012-02-27 19:06

    Short time here we come. Just because mp's only work 2 hours a day

      Diphapang Maponya - 2012-02-27 19:48

      not even two hours just a couple o minutes to talk crap which will never come true and then fall asleep and thats how they will get fat from our tax

  • Tsepo Pooe-tic Pooe - 2012-02-27 19:08

    ... Well I Guess The MEC must also Initiate Liquor Laws in Government Gatherings...she possibly doese not stay in a Township and she wants to Control our Drinking Patterns NO WAYS!! She must not Compare our Lifestyle To The Supposed ''Capitalists'' In The Suburbs... CARLING BLACK Oh Yes...!!

  • Michelle - 2012-02-27 19:18

    You need to move to Dubai to appreciate the article Cannot buy alcohol here without a personal liquor licence. Can be arrested if you have get-together at your house, and there is alcohol and no licence Eish, life is still good in SA when you can walk into Checkers and buy a lekker bottle of good red wine.

  • Mc - 2012-02-27 19:36

    I'l drink to that

  • Shenny Slydda - 2012-02-27 19:40

    NO WAYZ,the less talked about it the batter.we should drink any tym we want....

      Bluemast - 2012-02-28 02:11

      I agree with you in a way Slydda, but it it is statistics that parliament is concerned about - a lot of wife-battering when the men return home/drunk people crossing highways late at night/early morning not realisingndanger of all the traffic that they have to try to dodge in their state of mind/murders/rape because the drunkerds feel "strong and untouchable " etc. etc. ............. I do feel however that this one is going to be very difficult to police due to the factnthat there are soooooooo many shabeens, legal as well as illegal, selling out of houses etc as well as the fact that many of these rural shabeens are not even reachable by off-road vehicles. I know of places in KZN where only helicopters can reach..... need I say more.

  • Diphapang Maponya - 2012-02-27 19:44

    i must say SA is changing and trying hard to adopt foreign ways some things we could do and some we cant do, we will soon be paying for travelling on highways that have been here for years and the only maintenance i see is grass been cut and causing traffic and now we are told how to spend our money and where. local is great that for sure i know i will drive around and get a beer @ 4 in the morning and the very cops that stop they will want some

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-02-27 20:10

    Dont give them a Bells

  • Mona Grant - 2012-02-27 21:30

    Do you people have ANY idea how many under age kids buy liquor? Its one of the easiest things to do they claim. No club, bar or place even bothers checking ID's to see if they're legal! They should do something about that-not just the people who make the choice, themselves, to get wasted and drink their money away.

      philip.venter1 - 2012-05-30 14:56

      I don't know where you got your information but you can't be more wrong. The last year or so, all clubs and bars have upped their security. When I was 16 it was fairly easy to get into clubs that had age restrictions but getting alcohol was a little more difficult. I had to do some sneaking and hide my booze if I saw bouncers coming etc. but now it all changed. There's no way my underage friends can get in anywhere unless they have a fake ID which is also not very difficult to obtain. Good thing I am of legal age now.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-02-27 22:03

    Don't know if anyone else has noticed but the 'township' hooligans now come into the suburbs to cause havoc on weekends, we know how they behave, thanks.

  • mzwandilekeith.masilela - 2012-02-27 22:39

    This wont change athis.. whts to stop pple from purchasing as much alcahol as they can before the restricted time?.. i mean this is south africa we talking bout!! pple will always find a way!! m just sayin!!

  • Bluemast - 2012-02-28 02:00

    Combatting real crime is more important right now - currently there is a shortage of policing - who and how is going to enforce this new law - does parliament know how many legal as well as illegal shabeens there are across our country in very rural areas not even access able by any vehicle! Good intent, but not thought through very well!!! And by the way to you people on this forum this article has nothing to do with racecism - its always conveniently racism when it suites you - catch a wake up in life and face reality irrespective of race/colour/creed/religion etc. !

  • Ashen - 2012-02-28 07:16

    "I want people living in the townships next door to shebeens to have a quality of life," she told reporters. WTF! concentrate more on crime and criminals, then everybody could enjoy "quality of life"

      Wt - 2012-02-28 10:39

      I would’nt mind if the bar was right next door...Each time me and my lady has a fight, you know where I’ll be...

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