Cape puts squeeze on shebeen suppliers

2012-04-01 17:51

Johannesburg - The Western Cape government will clamp down on illegal liquor sales from Sunday, Finance, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Alan Winde said in a statement.

Liquor regulations - including the final parts of the Western Cape Liquor Act, the Western Cape Liquor Amendment Act, and the Western Cape Liquor Regulations - took effect on Sunday.

The government would crack down on distributors and retailers supplying the estimated 25 000 illegal shebeens in the province, he said.

These suppliers would be liable for heavy fines, jail terms and asset seizure.

Secure business environments with increased lighting, policing and pedestrian walkways would be provided where alcohol could be legally sold and consumed, he said.

"Through the act we aim to reduce the number of drinking spots in residential areas," said Winde.

  • Refugee - 2012-04-01 17:58

    South African Murder capital 3 years in a row......all i can say they are consistent

      Francois - 2012-04-01 18:48

      Refugee, just come again (I think it is OBE English I don't understand), did you mean to say: "Cape Town is South Africa's Murder capital for 3 years in a row....All I can say is that they are consistent". Firslty will you mind to site a reference to your statement? Secondly, can you clarify about exactly what:" They are are consistent",thirdly who are "they", the murderers, and fourthly will you mind to say what your comment has to do with the article, except off course that we know that alcohol abuse increases violence?

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-01 19:01

      ....and fifth, it impedes one ability to write and/or speak coherently :)

  • Anthonym - 2012-04-01 18:47

    Good news!!!!

  • Arthur - 2012-04-01 19:13

    Gotto love how they mask the well-being of citizens with (what the real motivation is) unpaid sin taxes on the booze. Oh well, doesn't make a difference to me personally, but I doubt it will have any major effect on the underground they'll just get sneakier and more hardcore.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-01 19:36

      Sin tax gets paid by the wholesaler that recover it from the end user. It will make no difference. What is true is that the smaller legal shops will benefit, because these shebeens buy selectively from license shops/traders and now the clients get forced to buy from the legal shop/pubs. There is also a hope that consumption can be controlled in a better way. Currently it is a big black hole of problems and the social standard in areas gets bombardment with temptation and "elements". The social system suffer to recover due to this uncontrollable problem. We also moan about the social standards and habits of poor communities, but alcohol is busy killing any standards and hope in these areas.

      tshekiso.saul - 2012-04-02 07:53

      This is a way of promoting mafiarism and don't be suprised to have big shorts in gorvenment running underworld of alcohol. A classic example is of a shebeen in klerksdorp where everybody knows everybody and the owner says its a family drinking club.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-04-01 22:05

    Mnxm not in Cape Town man. Yes its th right statement nd good strategy, the only thng that will happend these store will increase from 25000 to 35000. Thy tried bt thy cn't in Cape Town.

  • Hugo - 2012-04-02 08:06

    they will never crack thus syndicate,even the nat with their elaborate spooking mechanism wouldn't.It seems the criminal community wants to show SA that working together we can.It is a known fact that the suppliers are white and the shebeen owners are black,a deadly combination where illegal activities are concerned.

  • mfudzi.wamambo - 2012-04-16 11:16

    @ Refugee You know, some people are good at spouting gibberish. Why is it so difficult for you to say exactly what you want us to understand? Its as if you are writing to yourself.

      ackwell - 2012-06-25 14:13

      Angie did not supply him with a book

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