CAPE TOWN - Law enforcement officials raided various pubs and restaurants in Maitland on Monday night.
The inspections were to check up on health and safety issues and compliance with the provincial Liquor Act.
Western Cape Economic Development MEC Alan Winde tried to chat to surprise bar owners when law enforcement entered their premises.
Officials checked fire hydrants, fire escapes and other safety measures, but it was compliance with the liquor act that was top of mind.
Maitland Rate Payers Associations Bienie Garnie said most pub owners cannot control their customers.
“Patrons are not abiding by the by-laws. They urinate in streets and throw bottles at cars passing by.”
Fines ranging from R1,000 to R3,500 were issued for non-compliance with trading permits.
(Edited by Lisa Bartlett)