The Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) has already suspended ten companies’ liquor licenses that sold liquor during the state of restriction.
Albert Fritz, Community Safety MEC, says to date the liquor authority has conducted 37 investigations into businesses that allegedly sold liquor.
“Of the 37 investigations carried out, ten liquor licenses have been suspended and five reports are being prepared for consideration by the liquor licensing tribunal,” Fritz says.
He reiterated the warning that liquor suppliers who sell liquor during the state of restriction could face heavy fines and lose their liquor licenses.
“I requested that the WCLA ensure that any company that violates the restriction regulations is subject to an investigation, a maximum fine of up to R115 610 or that their liquor license is permanently revoked. It was also requested that the liquor authority join the provincial law enforcement committee so that it can be part of investigations where liquor is sold or people are arrested. “
Fritz appealed to people who are aware of places that sell alcohol illegally to report it to the police immediately.
“Persons wishing to file a complaint or wish to report a violation can contact the liquor authority on 021 204 9805.”