Monday 5 October 2015

Mpumalang Liquor Act enforced vigorously

Liquor ActThe Mpumalanga Liquor Act has probably never been enforced more vigorously than during a “blitz” over the weekend of 2 October 2015.   The following agencies inspected 33 liquor outlets :
  • ·         National Liquor Authority
  • ·         Provincial Liquor Authority
  • ·         DTI officials
  • ·         SAPS
  • ·         Department of Home Affairs.

This resulted in no fewer than 14 being closed down, as well as 24 compliance notices and fines of R31 500 being issued.   Outlets across the entire liquor licence spectrum were targeted and included wholesale distributors, manufacturers, restaurants and taverns.   The outlets were situated in Middleburg, Mhluzi, Vosman, Lynnville, Ackerville and Witbank.  
The liquor outlets were inspected due to suspected non-compliance to the National Liquor Act and the Mpumalanga Liquor Act, according to NLA’s Advocate Nkosi.   The increased prevalence of the illegal leasing of liquor licences were found to be a cause of concern.  
The wide legislative “net” cast by these authorities has proven to be extremely effective due to very little leeway offered to non-compliant liquor outlets.   We predict that this pattern of action is set to continue as authorities want to emphasize the message that any illegal behaviour relating to liquor will not be tolerated.    
(Article by, edited by The Licence Co (LiquorWise Division)

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