Minister Fritz welcomes Liquor Authority Report, asks residents to stay safe over the weekend
The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, today welcomes reports of enforcement activities by the Western Cape Liquor Authority.
According to the report, the Western Cape Liquor Authority conducted a total of 269 inspections, which, over a seven-day period, equals an average of more than 38 inspections every single day. There were 146 inspections dedicated to underage drinking. 31 compliance notices were issued to licence holders, while 7 non-compliance cases have been submitted for prosecution.
Inspections were conducted in a total of 29 areas, and included places such as Atlantis, Caledon, Mfuleni, Sea Point, Kleinvlei, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Elsies River, Milnerton, and many others.
Integrated operations with SAPS and law enforcement were conducted in the areas of Nyanga, Kraaifontein, Bothasig, Langa and Cape Town.
Minister Fritz said, “The Western Cape Government, through LEAP and other projects such as the K9 Unit is committed to improving visible policing and preventing violence. The Western Cape Liquor Authority is the other crucially important cog in the wheel of this strategy because of the impact that alcohol has on violence in our province. On the basis of the report received, they have again done outstanding work in this regard.”
Minister Fritz continued, “I want to thank all of our colleagues at the Liquor Authority for their great work. Your presence through the work that you do is establishing and maintaining the realization that there will be consequences for actions; that we are a society of law and order in the Western Cape.”
Minister Fritz continued, “I would therefore like to again ask everyone to be mindful of the dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption, especially over the weekend. The Western Cape Liquor Authority and other law enforcement agencies are preparing to conduct operations and to respond to complaints to ensure the safety of all our citizens. If you are a business owner, please conduct your business responsibly and in terms of the law. And to the rest, let’s get our economy growing again, but please enjoy yourselves responsibly.”
Anyone who witnesses any criminal acts, or who has any other information that will assist SAPS in making arrests, are urged to telephone the SAPS Command Centre at 021 466 0011.
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