Unscrupulous liquor traders who continue to sell liquor in contravention of the Adjusted Alert Level 3 Regulations risk losing their trading licenses, over and above being criminally charged by the SAPS.
This is the warning issued by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Ravi Pillay, following reports that some liquor traders continue to conduct business despite liquor trade being prohibited under the amended Level 3 Regulations.
“Through the KZN Liquor Authority, which is responsible for regulating the liquor trade environment in the province, we have issued a public notice to all traders in the province. In that notice we state clearly that the KZN Liquor Authority plans to revoke licences of those traders found contravening the Disaster Management Regulations, due to the severity of the 2nd wave of Covid19 and the concomitant risk of exposure by such conduct. Furthermore, persons who are found trading in liquor illegally will also be entered into a database so that their actions are taken into consideration when they make applications for trading licenses in the future,” MEC Pillay said.
The KZNLA has in the recent past issued suspensions ranging from one (1) to three (3) months to traders found acting in contravention of Disaster Management Regulations. This has now been revised in light of the impact of the resurgence of Covid-19 infections.
MEC Pillay is therefore pleading with liquor traders and all members of the public to comply with the Regulations. “The primary aim of these Regulations is to save lives by controlling the spread of infections. Any non-compliance amounts to lives being jeopardized. That is something we cannot afford at a time when infections are rising at such an alarming rate. We urge the liquor traders and all members of the public to be responsible and do what is right by adhering to all the Regulations,” MEC Pillay concluded.
According to the Alert Level 3 Regulations night clubs, bars, shebeens and taverns are closed. Furthermore, the following apply:
• The sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor for both on and off consumption is prohibited
• Consumption of liquor in public places is prohibited.
• The tasting and selling of liquor to the public by registered wineries and wine farms and other similar establishments registered as micro-manufacturers, is prohibited
• The transportation of liquor for purposes of sale to the public and/or distribution to retail sale traders or micro-manufacturers is also prohibited
The KZN Liquor Authority, working with the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies, continues to conduct enforcements operations throughout the province.
Members of the public are encouraged to report any transgressions to their nearest police station.
Issued by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs