booze law in pipeline

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

The new Gauteng Liquor Act to regulate the trade in alcohol could entail details on the times and days when liquor can be sold.

Finance and economic affairs department spokesman Percy Mthimkhulu told Sowetan yesterday that members of the public, stakeholders in the liquor industry and political parties, including the ANC Youth League, would get an opportunity to make submissions.

"Before the end of this year the new Act, which will regulate the industry, will be in place. The Act will have all sorts of details about trading.

"The date will be set soon for written submissions which will inform the Act," said Mthimkhulu.

A joint operation consisting of the department's enforcement unit, police, Metro police and the environment and health departments raided 224 outlets throughout Gauteng between November last year and January.

Mthimkhulu said 133 fines were issued to operators, for, among others, selling liquor to minors.

The ANCYL this week called for the banning of sales of liquor on Sundays and for traders to close shop at 2am on other days.

The Young Communist League (YCL) yesterday jumped to ANCYL's defence amid a burst of criticism from operators.

YCL secretary Buti Manamela said: "The reckless and irresponsible selling and consumption of liquor exacerbates the destruction of families, undermines the culture of learning and teaching, and encourages rape and crime."