Cabinet approves liquor and gambling bills

The two bills will be published for public comment.

A group of men stand with their hands against the wall after the house where they were gambling was raided during a combined Metro Police and South African Police Services operation to arrest suspects, and search for drugs and firearms, in Manenburg, on 27 August 2013. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet has approved two bills dealing with alcohol and gambling that are aimed at tighter regulation and reducing negative effects on society.

The National Liquor Amendment Bill and the National Gambling Amendment Bill are to be published for public comment.

During a post-Cabinet briefing at Parliament yesterday, Minister Jeff Radebe said the bills will deal with issues that are hindering the effectiveness of existing legislation.

Radebe says the National Liquor Amendment Bill will seek to, among other things, eradicate the manufacture and trade in illegal alcohol.

"This intervention also focuses on reducing the socio-economic harm and other costs of liquor abuse, restructuring of the liquor industry and enhancing cooperation between all spheres of government."