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Harsh action threatened against those breaking the law

Western Cape Finance and Economic Development MEC Garth Strachan warned that police would not hesitate to...

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<?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">Western Cape Finance and Economic Development MEC Garth Strachan warned that police would not hesitate to arrest anyone found breaking the province’s new liquor laws.

Certain clauses in the law which came into effect on Thursday stipulated, among others, no drinking in vehicles.

Patrons and owners of illegal shebeens also faced either jail time or stiff fines under the act.

Strachan said retailers acting outside the law would face harsh penalties.

“Fines of up to a R1m, two and half years jail, forfeiture of assets and that applies specifically to alcohol retailers who may be selling alcohol to illegal shebeens."