Authorities clamp down on Durban liquor outlets

2016-03-23 14:07
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Durban – Authorities have called on communities and all government departments to come together to battle the ill effects of irresponsible alcohol consumption.

The message came during a blitz operation that was conducted at the infamous Point area in Durban on Wednesday. The National Liquor Authority, together with police, surprised a number of bottle store owners and pubs, demanding appropriate certification.

Thus far, the blitz has yielded positive results, with 12 out of 13 establishment’s complying with the liquor act.

Speaking to News24 during the operation, police spokesperson Captain Vinesh Maharaj said police hoped to create a lasting impact in the troubled area.

"The community needs to know that there is a strong police presence to help combat negative aspects of society."

Maharaj added that the blitz gave authorities an opportunity to have a "multi-pronged approach to transgressions".

"An initiative such as this helps the police do their job effectively. We have the proper people from the National Liquor Authority who can guide us on a number of laws that we enforce. We are also hoping to involve communities to stamp out irresponsible drinking and the crimes that emerge from it."

National Liquor Authority director Khabonina Naxatshwa said the initiative had yielded positive results.

"Our previous visit showed a number of transgressions, but this return has shown us that people are abiding by what is required off them. It is important for us to ensure that alcohol is consumed responsibly and all laws are properly followed."

Department of Trade and Industry spokesperson Tumelo Nkhahle told News24 that enforcement and compliance was key.

"We are always on the lookout for underage drinking or women who are visibly pregnant and are being served alcohol. Traders are also responsible for ensuring visibly drunk patrons are not served liquor. This puts the patron in danger of being exploited. On the flip side their inebriation can lead to bad behaviour."

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