Friday, September 17, 2021

Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC urged citizens to be mindful of alcohol-related harms and to act responsibly this weekend

The Western Cape’s Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, has urged citizens to be mindful of alcohol-related harms and to act responsibly as we enter the weekend.

The call comes as under alert 2 of the nationwide lockdown, alcohol sales are now permitted from Monday to Friday.

Fritz appealed to citizens to not engage in any illegal activities.

“I want to appeal to citizens to remain within the confines of the law this weekend. Please do not engage in any illegal activities. Please trade in and enjoy your liquor responsibly. Our law enforcement agencies, including SAPS, Metro Police, LEAP and the Western Cape Liquor Authority inspectors will all be conducting operations. They will also be ready to respond to complaints from citizens.”

Fritz adds that over the past week, LEAP Officers conducted 252 inspections at on-site consumption liquor outlets, where eight people were arrested for dealing in liquor.

“The Western Cape Liquor Authority conducted 209 inspections, of which 63 was focused on underage drinking. 18 non-compliance cases have been submitted for prosecution. 6 license holders were fined, while 1 license was revoked,” Fritz said.

A total of nine integrated operations between the WCLA and LEAP Officers and/or SAPS were conducted, in which 70 premises were also inspected in areas such as Paarl, Franschhoek, Bellville, Cape Town, Hout Bay, Kraaifontein, Observatory, Constantia, Claremont, Mfuleni and Mowbray.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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