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Liquor surprise for pregnant women

By Sapa | Feb 06, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 39 ]

Booze ban to be imposed

The draft Gauteng Liquor Bill of 2012, released today and awaiting public comment, will prohibit the sale of alcohol to pregnant women, the DA said.

“Pregnant women in this province are in for a surprise next time they stop off to buy a bottle of champagne,” spokesman Gavin Lewis said in a statement.    

According to section 53(1) of the draft legislation, a licensed liquor trader would not be allowed to sell, supply or give alcohol to minors, anyone wearing a school uniform, anyone who “reasonably appears to be intoxicated”, or pregnant women.

“Actuated no doubt by the real concerns around foetal alcohol syndrome, this provision is likely to have all sorts of unanticipated consequences in the law courts,” Lewis said. These included possible conflict with the Constitution and gender equity regulations, he said.

Meanwhile, according to the draft legislation, a licence application must be accompanied by the “broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) or black economic empowerment status of the applicant indicating the shareholding, member’s interest or partnership structure of the applicant”.

Section 17(1) states that the MEC may issue regulations directing that all applicants must meet a certain BBBEE status within a determined period.

Lewis said the BEE provisions in the bill could add to the burden of small businesses, who would likely find it more difficult  to implement than big industries.

Despite these concerns, Lewis said the bill did indicate “a real desire to clamp down on substance abuse” and tighten the responsibilities of liquor outlets.

COMMENTS [ 39 ]

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And how on earth will this be enforced. Demand a certified "non-pregnant" declaration every time a female wants to buy a drink? Ridiculous. I agree that pregnant women should not consume alcohol. but this is just totally unrealistic.

Feb 06, 2012 1:6 | 0 replies

Bumboklaat
mara guys seriously, Ieveryday I have to see this young boy with FAS and it makes me naar ge ke mmona. gore mmage nkamo bofa ka boktrata kebe kemo isa kwa go @Ann a montshe popelo! Moeeerrrr
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lollllll,are u sure gore maagwe ntsa nwa?

Feb 06, 2012 2:14 | 0 replies

Instead of them prohibit drinking to pregnant women,they prohibit its sale nxa.They can always send their partners or kids to go buy for them melaonyana ya masepa hiso

Feb 06, 2012 2:18 | 0 replies

Ann
Bumboklaat
mara guys seriously, Ieveryday I have to see this young boy with FAS and it makes me naar ge ke mmona. gore mmage nkamo bofa ka boktrata kebe kemo isa kwa go @Ann a montshe popelo! Moeeerrrr
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lollllll,are u sure gore maagwe ntsa nwa?
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mmagwe o thuntha kafa gare ga jone, kare ke mampodi wa bojalwa. O nwa gore a thlabise banna ba dinganga kgala! Sies!

Feb 06, 2012 2:18 | 0 replies

@Zulugal
Unfortunately these women who drink during pragenancy are not the only ones who live with the consequenses. For one children living with fetal alcohol syndrome suffer different degrees of illnes and disabilities. At the end the tax pay is often the one who has to foot the bill for treating these kids and making sure they are afforded a grant to support living expenses as most have physical and mental challenges. So sending strict messages to the seller is also quite important.

Feb 06, 2012 2:18 | 0 replies

@Zulugal- I agree with you farewell its a good suggestion but for the life of me it aint gonna work not now not ever.Why start dictating how people live and let the Tax payer suffer the afterwards.

The Article should have read "Liquor surprise for pregnant women and Liquor Wholesalers......you will get arrested for selling and buying

Feb 06, 2012 2:31 | 0 replies

this can not by any chance prevent liquer craiving pregnant women from drinking, u can always....ALWAYS send anybody to buy one for u,,

Can't thay come with a sweet or something this pregant women can eat or drink everytime when they are thirsty for alcohol

Feb 06, 2012 2:39 | 0 replies

Jaja

they have waisted enough buck from us already by thinking that they will pass this one, where was thier thinking. I fully agree with you that we are the one that suffer the consequenses and the end of the day. SA is going down day in and day out. We can not control anything here, kids are getting pragnant at school, crime all over, kids getting drunk, people stealing tax payers money, weapon at school premises the list is long.................................................

Feb 06, 2012 2:42 | 0 replies

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Bumboklaat
Ann
Bumboklaat
mara guys seriously, Ieveryday I have to see this young boy with FAS and it makes me naar ge ke mmona. gore mmage nkamo bofa ka boktrata kebe kemo isa kwa go @Ann a montshe popelo! Moeeerrrr
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lollllll,are u sure gore maagwe ntsa nwa?
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mmagwe o thuntha kafa gare ga jone, kare ke mampodi wa bojalwa. O nwa gore a thlabise banna ba dinganga kgala! Sies!
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agh shame i feel for the young boy he will also grow up to be a drunkard, this we do to our kids

Feb 06, 2012 2:42 | 0 replies

@Pitseng
I am not sure who is 'they' who has wasted monies. I blame the Sowetan yet again for selecting only parts which will be controvesial from the bill. The bill is a massive document on licensing requirements. For the Sowetan to have chosen only these two lines from the whole bill is grossly irresponsible. Do yourself a favour and read the bill. You can skip all the stuff about the members criteria and go straigh to licensing laws. It is a very good document.

Feb 06, 2012 2:51 | 0 replies

Well this law doesn't go far enough,
Ban ALL women from voting because obviously we are too damn stupid to be treated like anything other than children. Actually, ban women from bringing up children because we are obviously no more than children in the eyes of the authorities anyhow. Whilst at it, maybe we should ban women from public spaces so we don't pollute the area with our silly girlie childishness.

Really now! I am expected to run a household, hold down a full time professional career, pay taxes, elect a government and even raise children but I need a note from daddy (or the gynie - male presumably) to buy my husband a case of beers?

Wouldn't be half as laughable if they could enforce a third of the laws they already have.

Feb 06, 2012 3:13 | 0 replies