Liquor Enforcement Operation Nets Illegal Traders in Limpopo

More than 50 liquor outlets ranging from taverns, restaurants, lodges and distributors were visited in Musina and Makhado areas, Limpopo during the liquor awareness and enforcement operation.

The operation was conducted jointly by the National Liquor Authority (NLA) of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the South African Police Service (SAPS), Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (Ledet) and the Limpopo Liquor Board. The objective of the operation was to curb illegal trading of liquor, create an awareness on the effects of alcohol abuse and ensuring that liquor licence holders comply with the conditions of their licences.

The awareness campaign and enforcement operation was extended to malls and border gates of the two areas. Fines to the value of R10 650 were issued; three compliance notices were handed to those who failed to produce renewed licences for liquor trading.

Colonel Sello Motau of the SAPS National Liquor Control, described the operation as a success and warned those who are trading liquor illegally. He said they will be arrested and face the full might of the law. Colonel Motau was confident that those who intended to trade illegally would fear the law and will ensure that they always stick to the rules set out for them.

He further stressed the issue of making follow-ups especially to all the liquor traders who received compliance notice to ensure that they keep up with the law.

“The liquor officers must keep on going back to check if the people do not start selling illegally and provide them with more information on how to register to be a legal liquor trader. We need to get to a point where we normalise the legality of trading especially in deep rural areas. Most importantly, education and awareness by all stakeholders must be prioritised at all times,” emphasised Motau.

The Chief Director of the National Liquor Authority at the dti, Ms Prea Ramdhuny said the operation was aimed at reducing the socio-economic and other factors of alcohol abuse to curb the impact of contact crimes resulting from liquor and to enforce compliance of the Liquor Act 59 of 2003. It was also intended to address the increasing number of unlicensed traders who do not adhere to their licence conditions, as required by law.

Officials of the South African Police Service issuing a fine to one of the public drinkers who was caught during an enforcement operation in Tshikota village, Makhado.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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