Zille: Reporting illegal liquor outlets not spying

The Western Cape is implementing a new policy on alcohol to clamp down on abuse in an attempt to reduce contact crime.

FILE: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Photo: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says that asking people to report illegal liquor outlets cannot be considered spying.

The Western Cape is implementing a new policy on alcohol to clamp down on abuse in an attempt to reduce contact crime. The policy has been outlined in a recent White Paper.

But Zille says that while critics may say that the changes will affect black communities the most, the new rules have nothing to do with race.

The Western Cape provincial government says that more stringent licensing enforcement of liquor outlets, reducing trading hours and rezoning areas where alcohol can be sold in the suburbs are among changes necessary to reduce the effects of alcohol abuse, particularly crime.

Premier Helen Zille: "It has nothing to do with race. In fact, it is racist to say that black people shouldn’t live in orderly, law-abiding communities that 99% of people actually want to do."

She says the policy is about establishing a culture of adhering to the law.

"In the leafy suburbs, where many of us live, the first thing people will do when they see illegal liquor outlets, is report it to the police. That’s not spying."

Non-license holders could now face fines of up to R100,000.