Public must comment on WC 'booze bill'
Public input on the draft Liquor Amendment Bill will start in Cape Town on Wednesday.
CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Economic Development Department believes public input on the draft Liquor Amendment Bill will help streamline current legislation.
The first round of public hearings starts in Cape Town on Wednesday.
The changes to the draft bill have been in the pipeline for some time and include 11 clauses, which have raised the ire of some.
MEC Alan Winde said the proposed amendments included clauses which have posed particular concern to residents and the industry.
"The Liquor Authority has received complaints from residents regarding the '150 litre clause'. This clause was originally inserted so that SAPS would have the power to prosecute non-legal outlets housing large amounts of liquor. They claimed to police the alcohol was for personal consumption, which was obviously not the case.
"Some have cited that the clause is not easily enforceable and is leading to unnecessary red tape. The clause states that a person may not possess more than 150 litres of alcohol without written permission from the Liquor Authority. The draft amendment Bill repeals this provision," said Winde.
He added these hearings played an important role.
"This is about how we fix the legislation, how we make it better and how we do that through public consultation. Once we've completed that process we'll go back to the drawing board and then send it back to Parliament where they can deal with it."