Western Cape Liquor Authority investigates 37, suspends 14 licenses
The Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) have conducted 37 investigations on matters of non-compliance with the National Disaster Regulations whereby liquor traders sold alcohol during the lockdown period. Of the 37 investigations conducted, 14 liquor licenses have now been suspended and 19 reports are being prepared for the Liquor Licensing Tribunal’s (LLT) consideration.
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.
As per section 71 (1) of the Western Cape Liquor Act, “The Liquor Licensing Tribunal may grant an interim order suspending a license upon application by an inspector or a designated liquor officer if there is an imminent threat to the health, wellbeing or safety of the public.”
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 have requested that the WCLA join the PROVJOINTS committee and be included in every case were liquor was sold or an arrest was made to better track the original point of sale. I further welcome the resolution taken by PROVJOINTS on 25 March that no alcohol will be returned to any outlet after paying admission of guilt fine.”
“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
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