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Activists slam proposed liquor law

The proposed bill banning the sale of liquor on Sundays is not going to have the impact, critics say.

An association says banning alcohol sales on Sundays will be useless. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The proposed bill banning the sale of liquor on Sundays is not going to have an impact, role players in the alcohol industry said on Monday.

The proposed law will be introduced to the Gauteng Legislature on Friday.

Restaurants, taverns and bottle stores fear that the law could have a negative impact on business.

Government wants to address the high rate of alcohol abuse in Gauteng.

But questions have been raised about whether banning the sale of alcohol on Sundays will have any impact.

If the bill is passed, alcohol cannot be bought or sold on Sundays or served at restaurants and sports clubs.

Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use's Adrian Botha said it could create even greater challenges.

"We will have people stocking up on Fridays and Saturdays and illegal alcohol is available throughout Gauteng, so people who want to drink will drink."

Botha said education on alcohol abuse will be far more effective.