Liquor the enemy in Khayelitsha - SJC

2015-07-09 14:01
Phumlani Abraham at the hearing. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Phumlani Abraham at the hearing. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - Liquor is the enemy in Khayelitsha because it facilitates criminal activities, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) said on Thursday.

“Most crimes occur between Friday and Sunday when people are drunk. They occur in taverns or when people are coming from taverns,” Chumile Sali, the coalition’s head of the safety and justice programme, told News24 in Bellville.

“Liquor is a major challenge and the enemy because we are fighting for a safer Khayelitsha.”

In order to fight crime, it was essential that tavern owners come on board, he said.

Sali was speaking after the liquor licensing tribunal suspended a Khayelitsha tavern’s liquor license, pending the finalisation of a full hearing in August. 

After the hearing, the tribunal could decide to revoke the licence, amend the conditions or impose a fine.

Six people died at Osi’s Place almost two weeks ago after a metal railing on a set of outside stairs gave way. Two more were killed when the vehicle they were transported in crashed on the way to hospital.

Witnesses claim a fight broke out and shots were fired, leading to the stampede.

Owner Phumlani Abrahams consented to the interim suspension.

“We welcome the decision. We are also going to continue to allow due processes to unfold,” Sali said.

The SJC wanted the licence to be permanently revoked and would appeal a decision that was not in line with this.

“If there is no alternative, we will take the matter to court.”

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