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DTI clamps down on illegal boozing
DTI clamps down on illegal boozing

DTI clamps down on illegal boozing


IOL Business - Feb 24th 2016, 11:30

Johannesburg - A liquor outlet was closed down while the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo issued fines to the value of R16 500 to non-compliant liquor licence holders during a joint inspection operation over the weekend. 

More than 60 outlets, ranging from taverns, restaurants, distributors, and manufacturers, were raided in Tzaneen and surrounding areas in a joint inspection operation by officials of the DTI, SAPS, Limpopo Liquor Board, and Community Police Forums, the DTI said on Monday (22 Feb).

Non-compliance notices were issued, one liquor outlet was closed down, six people were arrested for possession of dagga, four were charged and arrested for drinking and driving, and more than five hundred patrons were searched in liquor outlets.

The DTI said common contraventions were hotels and restaurants operating as taverns, patrons drinking outside liquor premises, failure to display original licence, effecting structural alterations without prior approval of the board, trading beyond stipulated trading hours, selling take-aways while in possession of an on-consumption licence, and selling liquor to minors.

In a statement, the chief director of the National Liquor Authority at the DTI, Prea Ramdhuny, said the operation was meant to enforce compliance with the National Liquor Act, and to also address the increasing number of under-age drinking, non-adherence to the licence conditions, trading hours and enforce compliance by liquor traders and distributors.

Ramdhuny added licence holders needed to be constantly educated on the Liquor Act to comply and avoid irresponsible trading.

“Most outlets that were given compliance notices and fines failed to adhere to the stipulated conditions of their licences and to produce relevant documents as prescribed by law,” Ramdhuny said.From © Independent On-line 2016. All rights reserved. 

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