Salta calls for CT booze by-law balance

The municipality has now sent the draft by-law for a second round of public comment.

Under the proposed by-law night clubs and pubs cannot sell alcohol after 2am. Picture: Sxch.hu

CAPE TOWN - The South African Liquor Traders Association (Salta) on Friday urged the City of Cape Town to try and find a balance with its contentious alcohol by-law.

The municipality has now sent the draft by-law for a second round of public comment.

Initial proposals to sharpen up laws have been fiercely criticised for being too restrictive.

The 2012 by-law prohibits the sale of booze by retailers after 6pm and on Sundays. Night clubs and pubs also cannot sell alcohol after 2am.

Salta President Saint Madlala said finding common ground was possible.

"We share the same concerns as government but on the other side of the counter, there are other things that the industry contributes towards, like the country's GDP."

The City of Cape Town insists the by-law is comprehensive.

The public can comment on the proposed by-law until the end of October.