WC Liquor Authority investigates 51, suspends 20 licenses
Between 23 March and 8 May 2020, the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) conducted 51 investigations into non-compliance with the National Disaster Regulations where liquor traders have sold alcohol during the lockdown.
Of the 51 investigations conducted, 20 liquor licenses have been suspended and 2 reports are being referred to the Liquor Licensing Tribunal (LLT) for consideration. An additional 12 cases remain under investigation and 5 have been referred to SAPS.
Minister Fritz said, “The illegal sale of alcohol will not be tolerated and will be investigated. I sternly warn against any liquor vendor operating during the lockdown, as they may be eligible for a fine or 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 South 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,” 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
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