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City tavern owner fined for selling “take-away” liquor

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Cops conduct compliance inspections at Kimberley liquor outlets

Kimberley SAPS Women, together with members of the Department of Economic Affairs, the Northern Cape Liquor Board and Transnet, conducted compliance inspections at local liquor outlets and scrapyards. Picture: Supplied

COMPLIANCE with the State of Disaster regulations has come under the spotlight and the owner of a liquor outlet in Kimberley was fined R1 500 for selling off-consumption at an on-consumption outlet.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Dikeledi Gopane said that compliance inspections were done at liquor outlets in the city as part of an operation by Kimberley SAPS Women, in collaboration with the Department of Economic Affairs and Transnet.

Johanna Oss, compliance manager of the Northern Cape Liquor Board, confirmed that a tavern owner was issued with a R1 500 fine for selling off-consumption liquor.

Besides visits to liquor outlets, the team also visited local scrapyards, as well as a siding in Beaconsfield, which is often used as a crossing by members of the community, to warn members of the public of the dangers of crossing there.

The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, meanwhile earlier this week expressed concern about the non-compliance by some restaurants since the move to Level 2 of the Covid-19 risk-adjusted strategy.

“We have received numerous complaints from ordinary law-abiding citizens, other operators and employees about the situation in these restaurants,” Kubayi-Ngubane said.

“This practise of disregarding the regulations, directions and protocols reportedly include practises such as restaurants operating during curfew, offering take-away alcohol and non adherence to social distancing or wearing of masks as required by law amongst other violations. This does not only risk these businesses licences but also endangers the safety of their loyal customers and dedicated workers.”

Letters have been sent to restaurants insisting and appealing for their co-operation. “This sector cannot risk having any of our hard-earned gains made thus far reversed as this will have a devastating impact on the recovery of the sector,” Kubayi-Ngubane added.