Cape Town – Citizens of the Western Cape should prepare for tougher liquor laws, after the province’s executive council approved drafting amendments to the current liquor law, PM Alan says Winde.
Although he did not give an exact date by which the amendments will be tabled in the legislature and subsequent public participation, Winde told MPLs that the process of forwarding measures to the relevant standing committee should take ” a few weeks “.
Winde was responding to a question from ANC Finance and Economic Opportunities spokesperson Nomi Nkondlo who wanted to know why there had been a delay in amending the current liquor law, despite numerous promises from the province and the effect of alcohol during the pandemic.
Nkondlo said, “At one point we were doing well in tackling alcohol-related harms. In 2017, for example, this provincial government adopted a white paper on the issue of alcohol harm reduction.
“I’m concerned about the deadlines and I’m worried that the goalposts haven’t stopped moving since 2017. Now I want to know, when are we going to replace the current liquor law?
In response, Winde said the question was relevant and relevant in the current circumstances of the third wave of Covid-19 infections.
“I am happy to say that last Wednesday the Executive Board actually approved the drafting of the amendments to the current Liquor Act.
“It’s probably going to take a good few weeks to finalize the draft, and hopefully by the time we see a drop in those Covid-19 numbers, we’ll be able to bring it to the legislature for public input.” . “
In a statement, ANC provincial health spokesperson Rachel Windvogel said: “One of the factors contributing to the spread of the pandemic in the Western Cape is the alcohol problem.
“During the first and second waves, we saw a drastic decrease in alcohol-related emergencies when a curfew and a ban on the sale of alcohol were imposed. This reduction freed up all resources for the management and control of Covid-19 cases.
“We are not like the ANC suggesting going back to the days of Prohibition, but we are saying that there are clear steps that can be put in place to help fight alcoholism among young people and other challenges we face. “