WC Education MEC defends bill amendments for school alcohol sales

The bill makes it optional for schools to apply to sell alcohol at events outside teaching hours, but this is subject to strict conditions.

FILE: Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schafer. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer maintains amendments to the Western Cape Education School Amendment Bill is not a blanket permission for schools to sell alcohol.

The bill makes it optional for schools to apply to sell alcohol at events outside teaching hours but this is subject to strict conditions.

Education Minister Angie Motshekga has raised concerns about the amendments.

The Basic Education Department's Elijah Mhlanga shared her concerns.

“This cannot be a government that permits and allows the sale of alcohol in our schools, particularly in the face of so many challenges we’re facing with substance abuse.”

Schafer says the changes stipulate strict conditions.

“It is for a school to apply to the HOD where conditions can be imposed by the SGB, as well as the HOD, to ensure the safety of learners at schools. If permission is granted and conditions are not complied with, the permission can and will be withdrawn.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)