Gauteng Premier David Makhura has confirmed that the Provincial Government is preparing to review its restrictions regarding the sale of alcohol – BEYOND the COVID-19 lockdown. South Africa has endured three liquor bans in the past 11 months, and according to the local authorities, the time to reflect on SA’s relationship with the bottle has come.
Gauteng set to ‘tighten’ alcohol restrictions
Makhura made an address on Saturday, at an event where more than 50 Highway Patrol Vehicles were given to law enforcement teams in Gauteng. This strengthening of police power provided the Premier with a perfect opportunity to discuss the impact alcohol abuse has on certain communities – and the following interventions are likely to take place:
- – Makhura revealed that there would be a crackdown on liquor license violations, holding irresponsible vendors to account.
- – Gauteng is likely to review where alcohol can be sold, in relation to ‘sensitive locations’.
- – The Premier wants a shutdown of businesses selling alcohol near educational venues.
- – The province ‘will not ban the sale of alcohol’ – but new regulations will be enforced AFTER the pandemic.
No liquor bans – but law changes will be in place post-lockdown
So, do the boozers of Gauteng need to grab what they can from the top shelves in case another spell of prohibition is enforced? The answer is no: Makhura said that the province would not seek to ban alcohol again:
“Many crimes in our communities happen in the vicinity of places where liquor is sold. Those who sell alcohol do not follow their license regulations. I want to announce that the Gauteng Provincial Government will review the regulations governing the sale of alcohol this year and we want to tighten them.”
“We have shebeens that operate next to creches and next to schools. Although this does not mean there will be a ban on the sale of alcohol, We must tighten the regulations… outside the conditions and situation of COVID-19.”
— GP Community Safety (@GP_CommSafety) February 20, 2021