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Liquor Act takes fizz out of partying

Western Cape authorities say their crackdown on illegal shebeens and their patrons has kicked off in...

Bottles of beer

<?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Western Cape authorities say their crackdown on illegal shebeens and their patrons has kicked off in earnest.

This as several clauses of the provincial Liquor Act came into effect on January 1st.

Provisions include jail time and spot fines for illegal outlets’ operators.

“We’ve always maintained the key focus is to stop the supply of alcohol to illegal shebeens,” said MEC Garth Strachan.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The Act also makes it taboo to drink alcohol in a motor vehicle.