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WC cracks the whip on liquor licences

A third outlet has lost its licence under the new Western Cape Liquor Act.

A third liquor outlet has lost its licence under the new Western Cape Liquor Act.

JOHANNESBURG - The Western Cape Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism today revealed a Woodstock tavern where drugs were allegedly being sold has become the third outlet to lose its license under the new Western Cape Liquor Act.

Following an investigation by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Western Cape Liquor Authority, the Rainbow Tavern in Albert Road has had its license revoked with immediate effect.

Provincial Finance Minister Alan Winde explained SAPS Woodstock had received several complaints from the public relating to allegations of drug use and possession of drugs at the tavern.

SAPS has made arrests with regard to the criminal allegations and the case is still under investigation.

Rainbow Tavern was one of several establishments Winde visited earlier this month during a routine inspection of liquor outlets in Woodstock.

"As this is a licensed outlet, the Western Cape Liquor Authority investigated the matter and an application to revoke the license was brought before the Liquor Licencing Tribunal at the start of this month.

"During the hearing it was found that the license holder had sold his license to two other people who managed the business but had not been appointed in terms of the Liquor Act."

The license holder has 60 days to lodge an appeal with the Liquor Licensing Tribunal.