Western Cape Liquor Authority investigates 43, suspends 16 licenses
Between 23 March and 30 April 2020, the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) have conducted 43 investigations on matters of non-compliance with the National Disaster Regulations where liquor traders sold alcohol illegally during the lockdown. Of the 43 investigations conducted, 16 liquor licenses have now been suspended and 4 reports are being prepared for the Liquor Licensing Tribunal’s (LLT) consideration. An additional 8 cases remain under investigation and 5 have been referred to SAPS.
The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, has reiterated his stern warning that any liquor vendor operating during the lockdown will be eligible for a fine and may lose their license, subject to an investigation.
Minister Fritz said, “Those whose licenses have been suspended will have to appear before the LLT within 21 days after the lockdown period having expired to show cause of why the order should not be made final. Subsequently, section 20 hearings will be scheduled where the LLT can revoke the license or impose a fine of up to R115 610 if the licensee has been found guilty of transgressing any legislation or regulations.”
Minister Fritz added, “I commend the WCLA in their efforts to stop the illegal sale of alcohol during the lockdown, ensuring the safety of residents in rural and urban communities alike. Liquor licenses have been suspended in Vredendal, Clanwilliam, Malmesbury, Gugulethu, Philippi East, St Helena Bay, Bellville and Lwandle.”
“I urge members of the public who are aware of the illegal sale of alcohol to immediately report such to SAPS. Any persons wanting to lodge a complaint or report a contravention of the Regulations can contact the WCLA on 021 204 9805. The WCLA’s contract centre has continued to operate remotely during the lockdown and has processed approximately 269 enquiries and/or complaints,” said Minister Fritz.
For further clarity on the conditions of lockdown, please see the following FAQs: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/department-of-health/frequently-asked-questions
Please see English audio clip here: https://clyp.it/ssrfw2mp
Cayla Ann Tomás Murray
Spokesperson for Minister Albert Fritz
Tel: 021 483 9217
Cell: 064 121 7959