New liquor laws appear draconian

The City of Cape Town said that its draft liquor by laws permitted supermarkets to sell wine on...

Chairperson of the City of Cape Town's liquor policy task team, Taki Amira. Picture: Liesl Smit/Eyewitness News

The City of <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Cape Town said that its draft liquor by laws permitted supermarkets to sell wine on Sundays because they did not contribute to the illegal liquor trade.

The city released its draft by law on Wednesday however the public would have 30 days until February 27 to comment on the legislation.

A portion of the proposal suggests that all supermarkets should be allowed to sell wine seven days a week.

City’s Liquor Policy Task Team Chairman Taki Amira said bottle stores would not even be allowed to sell just wine on Sunday’s.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

“Your bottle store with your beer and your hard liquor they the ones suffering most from illegal beer sales and shebeens. So try and cut that off to illegal [sic] side and just allow the supermarkets and that to carry on,” Amira said.