Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the provincial government will consider stricter rules on the sale of alcohol, beyond those introduced during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Premier was speaking at an event on Saturday (February 20) where he presented 55 high performance police vehicles that will be used to fight crime in the province, the SABC reports.
Makhura said the illegal sale of alcohol was a major problem in the province.
“This year we will be reviewing all the regulations governing the sale of alcohol, as some of the outlets that sell alcohol in our communities are located right next to our schools, next to the child development centers. childhood.
“So we want to regulate, tighten the regulations for the sale of alcohol, which is part of the long term response to tackling crime,” he said.
This follows similar comments made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in January, where he called for a review of the country’s alcohol regulations as a way to tackle high rates of crime and violence.
Speaking on the 109th anniversary of the ANC celebrations On January 8, Rampahosa said the government needed to be more direct in its efforts to reduce alcohol and drug abuse, which he said are the main factors contributing to the perpetration of violence.
“The temporary restrictions that have been imposed on the availability of alcohol under state disaster regulations have demonstrated how heavy drinking fuels violence, trauma, and reckless behavior a burden on our health system and emergency services.
“We need to take action to reduce alcohol abuse by combining legislative and other measures and community mobilization,” he said.
Although this review has been identified as a key priority for the ANC government in 2021, it is not the first time that the government has considered introducing new legislation to tackle alcohol-related issues. in the country.
In 2016, he referred to the Alcohol Amendment Bill – which has effectively been stuck in cabinet for four years. The bill proposes a number of far-reaching changes, including:
- Increased drinking age to 21;
- The introduction of a restriction on trade within a radius of 100 meters around educational and religious establishments;
- Prohibition of any sale of alcohol and advertising on social networks and small media;
- The introduction of a new liability clause for sellers of alcohol.
Makhura’s comments come after the Western Cape provincial government said it planned to introduce formal regulations to curb alcohol abuse in the country.
Speaking in his state of the province address on Wednesday (February 17th), Western Cape Premier Alann Winde said the economic damage caused by the nation’s ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown of Covid-19 were unsustainable.
However, he said provincial data showed there were clear problems of alcohol abuse in the country.
“That’s why we are instead pursuing more targeted interventions by amending the Western Cape liquor law. These changes will directly and indirectly reduce the harms of alcohol, as well as improve the effectiveness of the Western Cape Liquor Authority, ”he said.
Winde said a series of these first amendments will be presented to a regulatory impact assessment committee next week, and a formal submission to cabinet will take place by the end of next month.
“Our intention remains to have this amendment bill published for public comment in the coming months.
“By addressing this major problem in our communities, I also commit to working with industry and consumers to find new and innovative solutions to reduce alcohol-related harm in the Western Cape,” he said. declared.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said the province plans to introduce new regulations on the sale of alcohol in order to tackle abuse.
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