Crackdown on liquor traders


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MEC for finance, economy and enterprise development, Wendy Nelson said the abuse of alcohol continue to be another factor contributing to deaths. Nelson along with community safety and transport management department MEC, Dr Mpho Motlhabane visited Dr Kenneth Kaunda district municipality to inspect liquor traders on Friday.

“We embarked on a joint operation to do the compliance inspection of liquor traders. However the primary objective was to reduce alcohol-attributable deaths, harmful societal effects and create a responsible liquor trading environment.

“The initiative was conducted by Provincial Liquor Board in partnership with the South African Police Services (SAPS), Matlosana Municipal Fire Department and the Provincial Traffic Authority (JAWS),” Nelson said.

Nelson said alcohol influences social change. She further said liquor traders need to go through all the North West Liquor Board programmes to assist in building responsible drinking generation.

Motlhabane shared the same sentiments. He said they focused on ensuring that traders comply with liquor act. Motlhabane added that they visited sixty six liquor outlets.

“Thirty five outlets were compliant and thirty one others were non-compliant with the National Liquor Act No 27 of 1989. We issued sanctions for contravening liquor act.

“The sanctions ranged from various sections of structural alterations without approval of the Liquor Board, appointing managers without following proper procedures, failing to display licenses on the premises, allowing patrons to consume alcohol in non-consumption outlets, and also selling food in a non-consumption outlet,” he said.

Motlhabane added that businesses with serious violations of the act were issued with non-compliance notices. He said five liquor outlets were fined R1500.

“We also handed down fine amounting to R6000 to those that transgressed the liquor act. A number of outlets were also found to be non-compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act, No. 181 of 1993.

“Several arrests were also made for drinking and driving, driving without a valid driver’s license. We also impounded road unworthy vehicles. One person was also arrested for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm,” Motlhabane said.

-TDN

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