Western Cape Liquor Authority did 13 000 inspections in December
The Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) did 13 000 inspections between 22 December 2021 and 21 December 2022 at the 9 098 licensed premises, which were licensed by 1 April 2022.
According to the Western Cape Minister of Police Oversight and Community Safety, Reagen Allen WCLA should be commended for their efforts this past year.
he said that some licensed liquor outlets were inspected on more than one occasion, with an additional 66 more sites to be inspected.
Minister Reagen Allen said: “The effort of the Authority is a clear demonstration of the commitment to ensure that all liquor traders across the province are compliant. On the odd occasion, we find traders who are operating outside the parameters of the law, and this tends to lead to further and avoidable acts of lawlessness. The second quarter crime statistics for the 2022/23 financial year, show us that incidents in the Western Cape which are directly linked to liquor, led to 16 people being killed, 170 being raped and 468 grievous bodily harm assault (GBH) cases being reported. Not only does the authority have a role to play in combatting these crimes, but they also have to ensure that licensed liquor outlets are able to trade in a responsible, yet profitable manner.”
Minister Reagen Allen added that the deployment of additional Junior Liquor Inspectors has mainly been in hotspot area, where repeat inspections are conducted to monitor levels of compliance, targeting underage drinking and on-selling of liquor to unlicensed premises.