300 die monthly on the WC roads

Alan Winde said of 246 liquor inspections done only 89 premises were fully compliant with legislation.

The name and shame campaign to convict drunk drivers has been abruptly stopped.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism MEC Alan Winde on Friday said about 300 people die in alcohol related incidents in the province every month.

A series of operations were carried out across the province this week where authorities cracked down on shebeens, pubs and other drinking spots.

Winde said of 246 liquor inspections done only 89 premises were fully compliant with legislation.

He added that businesses must ensure that they trade responsibly.

This comes after the province's campaign, which publicly named convicted drunk drivers, came to an abrupt stop. It was an initiative which included LeadSA.

Justice officials said this is due to what they've termed "administrative changes" in the department.

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle asked Justice Department head Hishaam Mohamed if he could have court records for those convicted of drunk driving.

Mohamed said he would have to obtain them himself because his department does not have the manpower to provide the department with specific detailed information needed for the name and shame campaign.

He added that in principle they had no problem with the initiative.

"We're saying if you run the campaign go to the courts and bring your own capacity. It's a public document and you do with it what you want for the greater good."

In a letter written to Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and President Jacob Zuma, Carlisle expressed concern that the campaign may be falling flat because the ministry won't supply them court records.