The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, has commended the efforts by Western Cape Liquor Authority in reducing alcohol-related harms.
During the lockdown period between 27 March 2020 and 25 September 2020, the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) issued R1 731 220 in fines.
The WCLA also conducted 168 investigations into liquor vendors who have contravened the National Disaster Risk Management Act’s Regulations resulting in the suspension of 46 liquor licenses.
Minister Fritz has urged the public to remain vigilant and report liquor vendors who are operating outside the law.
The WCLA’s enforcement investigations and subsequent referral of these matters to the Liquor Licensing Tribunal (LLT), is as follows:
- 69 section 71 matters were placed on the LLT case roll;
- 46 licences suspended,
- 14 applications dismissed,
- 9 applications pending,
- One licence was revoked after finalisation of a section 20 consideration, while 41 suspensions were lifted by the LLT,
- Two suspensions were lifted, one in the Western Cape High Court and one as part of an internal Appeal Tribunal proceedings, and
- Two return hearings are pending.