Unpopular alcohol by-law up for debate

Cape Town residents can now give their thoughts on possible changes to the alcohol by-law.

Cape Town residents can now give their thoughts on possible changes to the alcohol by-law.

CAPE TOWN - Residents have been asked to give their thoughts on possible changes to the city's unpopular alcohol by-law.

City bosses are thinking about revising the law to allow for retail alcohol sales on Sunday.

The legislation, which came into effect on April 1, only allows shops to sell liquor until 6pm.

Clubs and pubs may only keep their doors open until 2am, unless they get exemption.

The city's Garreth Bloor said, "The public participation process is scheduled to start shortly. There will be written representations opportunities as well as direct discussion."

Business owners are opposed to the by-law as they believe it will impact negatively on employment.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants to ban alcohol advertising.

He called on doctors and academics to support him in his plan.

However, the Department of Trade and Industry has expressed its opposition to the ban.

According to statistics, 130 people in South Africa die daily because of alcohol abuse.