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WC to enforce stricter liquor laws

The city says firmer liquor laws will be enforced once the Provincial Liquor Act is in place.

The city says firmer liquor laws will be enforced once the Provincial Liquor Act is in place.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town said on Tuesday it will enforce stricter liquor laws as soon as the Western Cape Liquor Act comes into play.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith, who was speaking at the launch of the Integrated Violence Prevention Framework at the Provincial Legislature, said the city will especially focus on illegal shebeens.

He said harsh measures will be imposed.

"The South African Police Service (SAPS) is the only entity currently that can impact on closing those establishments."

Smith said the new liquor act will extend that power metro police and law enforcement so that we will be able to start "bringing that situation into a degree of order."