Statement by the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube on the day of the opening of the sale of liquor …
Durban: I wish to announce that 3 liquor outlets were shut down today for violating Regulations governing the sale of alcohol during COVID-19 Level 3.
I want to reiterate that our entity – the KZN Liquor Authority is empowered to recommend the suspension of the liquor license until the end of lockdown or for three months.
This is possible, if there is enough evidence pointing out the violation of any of the provisions contained in the regulations or the sale of liquor in terms of the KZN Liquor Licensing Act.
I wish to commend a team of inspectors from the department – KZN Liquor Authority, Department of Employment and Labour, Metro Police, SAPS, Crime Intelligence and other law enforcement agencies for their unannounced visits to all licensed premises across the province.
In addition, I commend the majority of license holders for their adherence to the regulations. These are aimed at ensuring the health and safety of customers, workers, liquor traders and the people of this province as a whole.
In this province, about 8000 liquor license holders were open for business between 9h00 to 17h00.
Today, inspectors were in full force monitoring compliance with regulations.
Based on their work, I wish to report the following:-
- eThekwini: 28 inspected. 26 Compliant. 1 non-compliant. 2 outlets shut down. 1 in Effingham Heights & 1 in Avoca Hills.
- Umkhanyakude: 8 inspected. 1 non-compliant and 1 shut down
- Uthukela: 13 inspected. 10 compliant and 3 non- compliant
- Umgungundlovu District: 27 premises inspected. All compliant and 1 non-compliant;
- ILembe District: 14 premises were inspected. All of them were compliant;
- Umizinyathi District: 11 premises were inspected. All compliant;
- Amajuba District: 7 premises were inspected. All compliant;
- Ugu District: 10 premises were inspected. 9 compliant and 1 non-compliant;
- Amajuba District: 7 inspected. All compliant
- Umzinyathi District: 11 inspected. All compliant
We wish to remind customers that no consumption of liquor is permitted on the premises.
The management of KZN Liquor Authority, which is also on the ground, will continue ensure that all issues around the sale of alcohol during this period and beyond are properly managed to ensure socio-economic stability.