The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, welcomes the 190 investigations conducted by the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) into allegations of contraventions of the National Disaster Management Act’s regulations between 27 March 2020 and 16 October 2020. Of which, 49 licenses have been suspended.
Of the 190 investigations, 73 section 71 matters were placed on the Liquor Licensing Tribunal’s (LLT) case roll, of which:
• 49 licences were suspended;
• 21 applications were dismissed; and
• 3 applications are pending.
Minister Fritz said, “I welcome the WCLA’s consistent efforts to reduce alcohol related harms through rigorous investigations conducted across the province and metro. Each investigator and official within the authority are to be commended on their sterling efforts.”
Of the 49 licences that were suspended, 49 section 71(4) return hearings and 13 section 20 considerations took place, of which it was deemed that there was an imminent threat to the health, wellbeing or safety of the public and:
• One licence was revoked after finalisation of a section 20 consideration, while 46 suspensions were lifted by the LLT;
• Two suspensions were lifted, one in the Western Cape High Court and one through an internal Appeal Tribunal proceeding; and
• There are no return hearings pending.
Minister Fritz said, “Sixty-three Covid-19 related section 20 and section 62 (4) matters were forwarded to the LLT of which one licence was revoked and four applications dismissed. In three matters, the licensee was issued with stricter conditions. Three licences were suspended. In 16 matters fines, to the amount of R1 901 220 were issued, of which an amount of R1 001 220 was suspended for a period of 24 months on condition that the licence holder does not contravene the Western Cape Liquor Act and licence conditions again during this period. Thirty-six matters are pending.”
Source: Government of South Africa