No fools - Cape booze law set for April

2011-09-09 22:15

Cape Town - The Western Cape Liquor Act, aimed at reducing drinking spots in residential areas, will come into effect on April 1 next year, the province said on Friday.

Finance, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Alan Winde told the Western Cape Liquor Conference in Cape Town the act was "a key weapon" against alcohol abuse.

"On the April 1 2012, the Liquor Authority will officially take over from the Liquor Board, and begin to implement the remaining sections of the act," Winde said.

"All liquor licences will begin to be processed according to the new act, and enforcement against liquor traders and suppliers who flout its regulations will begin."

The act, approved by the province's cabinet last week, was viewed as "the toughest liquor legislation" in South Africa.

"It seeks to reduce drinking establishments in residential areas, clamp down on the supply of alcohol to illegal liquor outlets and restrict hours of liquor trade," Winde said.

"This is to ensure that we create safer drinking environments."

The implementation of the act would "greatly reduce" the opportunity for crime as well as the motivation for crime, Winde said.

The province would finalise the processes required to introduce the act and its regulations between "now and January". In February and March, it would advertise for and appoint the board of the new Liquor Authority.

To ease the transition to the new Liquor Authority, the province would introduce a dedicated "liquor advice hotline".

It had also ramped up the operations of the current Liquor Board by hiring additional inspectors and streamlining the review of applications. The Western Cape was "particularly hard hit" by drug-related crime in the past year.

These crimes in the province increased from 60 409 reported crimes in 2009/10 to 70 588 in 2010/11, according to the SA Police Service's crime statistics released on Thursday.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increased by 10.2% in the Western Cape. The province also had high instances of violent crime, 80% of which was fuelled by alcohol and drugs.

"It is estimated that half of violent deaths are alcohol-related," Winde said.

In an Elsies River community centre poll, 47% of trauma cases were linked to alcohol use.

"Of these, the majority of suspected offenders were men between the ages of 18 and 35."

Approximately one in three teenagers abused alcohol and drugs in the province, Winde said.

  • leonard - 2011-09-09 22:57

    As a DA supporter and having read the report,I find the stats more than alarming.I however fail to see the reasoning in the long wait to implement what has been decided.Do what has to be done NOW before G-D knows how many more people die or are maimed for life.Please don`t do an ANC on me by quoting chapter and verse that procedures have to be followed.You passed the law,act on it now.

      audi.quattro - 2011-09-09 23:47

      agree 100% with u leonard! It'll save many lives

      Grant - 2011-09-10 07:42

      @zaatheist.......atheism is defined simply as the absence of belief that any deities exist. You on the other hand appear to be fanatically 'anti-religion' and clearly harbour a massive resentment towards any person who believes in any form of deity. Is that radical opposition in itself not a religion? You appear to troll all comments simply in order to spew your hatred - do you ever actually read the content of the news article?

  • leonard - 2011-09-09 23:49

    Forgot to mention,see ANC fools,DA followers can criticise and make known their feelings about the party.Try it some time with your own party.

      theelderz - 2011-09-10 08:51

      U r sick cde Leonard.

  • Woofix - 2011-09-10 00:02

    Reading the abovementioned report i can only comment by saying it is really high time doing something constructive about this whole issue. Not only in the western Cape, but country wide. What Leonard said is true and i want to add some xtra advice. The zoning act is also to be redesighned and no sjebeens or liqor retailers is to be allowed in any residential area at all. Just as drivers licences is ruled by a point basis giving penalty and restrictions to offenders,so it must be with every person who have a negative history about alcohol abuse keeping data on a central data base by swiping a personal data magnetic card before getting permission to buy alcoholic drinks. Sticked to this and keep a firm hand in maintaining the regulations otherwise it will also be a hoax effort costing the country billions.

      tryanything - 2011-09-10 07:17

      Like it but they cant get the driver licence thig off the ground either......

      tryanything - 2011-09-10 07:19


      Shadoz - 2011-09-10 11:32

      I'm so frekin hungover right now i don't really care. But in the long run i would hate it if i had a pub or club boom music next to my house.

  • Chillibean - 2011-09-10 05:46

    I've been writing to departments for YEARS about this. We are fighting unemployment, alcohol, drugs, crime, greed, corruption and the worst of these is ALCOHOL. Go Cape Town!!!!

      tryanything - 2011-09-10 07:16

      Well your writing has helped...

  • jabski - 2011-09-10 05:49

    legalise dagga. lets have some amsterdam style coffee shops instead. nobody gets violent when they're stoned. its time to realise that earths most versatile plant isnt so bad after all

      leonard - 2011-09-10 07:56

      @jabski. Not funny my friend,not funny at all.

      legalize_zol - 2011-09-10 14:37

      You're so right jabski. The time to legalize dagga is upon us, RIGHT NOW. Never before have the potential benefits to our economy, and society as a whole, been so promising! I would stop drinking alcohol tomorrow FOREVER if I knew I would be left alone to enjoy my zol free from persecution and stigmatization. Alcohol is crap and weed is awesome. The more people who realise that the better in my opinion. If any South Africans agree with my sentiments there is currently something you can do to help the cause. Jules and Myrtle i.e. the Dagga Couple are fighting for the right to use dagga in the privacy of your own home. They desperately need donations. Just R100 can help them reach the next level i.e. using the Constitutional Court as a platform to challenge the current laws. Please help us make a difference!

  • Bluescreen - 2011-09-10 09:06

    Interesting to consider that the vituperation against zaathiest (by mozzer) was probably made by a so-called "believer". No sane person can argue in favour of or believe in any 'god' based on empirical evidence.

      Umfubi - 2011-09-10 09:49

      Why is it even necessary to argue the point? Why can't people be permitted to believe whatever they want? Why do you think that 'mozzer' is anything but a tolerant person who wants everyone to be given whatever space they need to follow their own convictions? How does it diminish zaatheist or anyone else if leonard believes or does not believe? Why is it so offensive to some unbelievers that not everyone is of their opinion? Besides, the original comment says 'only G-D knows how many...' etc - can this not simply be a figure of speech?

      Yar - 2011-09-10 12:37

      @Bluescreen You are betting your whole life on being right. If God doesn't believe in you then eternity could be a tough time for you. I suppose you have empirical evidence that there is no God. Please show us. Bless you.

      Juzt Mythoughtz - 2011-09-11 13:22

      @ Yar I believe that aliens made of Stilton cheese live in caves on the moon. I know no-one has ever seen them, but I read it in an old book, so it must be true. Following your logic, the onus of proof that they don't exist lies with you, not me

  • Bart23 - 2011-09-10 12:10

    "The implementation of the act would "GREATLY INCREASE" the opportunity for crime as well as the motivation for crime, Winde said." - Look at prohibition in the USA.

      Yar - 2011-09-10 12:46

      Bart you plonker. This is not prohibition. This is firm control of the supply and sale of alcohol, which can and does cause harm when uncontrolled. I enjoy a drink myself. Moderation is what is required. PS: Winde sounds like an old fart.

  • YouthOpinion - 2011-09-10 12:54

    April fools!

  • FM150 - 2011-09-10 13:24

    Nothing good ever happens after 2am! Best law ever!

      Juzt Mythoughtz - 2011-09-11 13:49

      Problem is that a lot of the best spots in Cape Town will fall in the 11pm zone. Which is the time that a lot of people only go out at (& Barney can work a lot of magic in 3 hours...) Same thing will happen here that happened in the UK - people drink the same amount but over a shorter timespan. Instead of drips and drabs of people leaving the town centres, evryone leaves at once. Cue MORE car accidents. This whole law is just a ploy by the CCT to take attention away from the fact that they are unable to provide and/or manage a safe public transport system for late night revellers. Plus it appeases the anti-alcohol Muslim voter base

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