The Provincial Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, has urged citizens to be mindful of alcohol-related harms and to act responsibly as we enter the weekend.
The call comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on September 12 that the Disaster Management Act regulations have been relaxed to allow alcohol sales to continue from Monday to Friday.
According to Fritz, citizens should not engage in any illegal activities and enjoy their liquor responsibly as Law Enforcement agencies, including SAPS, Metro Police, LEAP and the Western Cape Liquor Authority inspectors will all be conducting operations throughout the weekend.
Fritz adds that over the last week, LEAP Officers conducted 252 inspections at on-site consumption liquor outlets, where eight people were arrested for dealing in liquor.
“The Western Cape Liquor Authority conducted 209 inspections, of which 63 was focused on underage drinking. 18 non-compliance cases have been submitted for prosecution. 6 license holders were fined, while 1 license was revoked,” Fritz said.
A total of nine integrated operations between the WCLA and LEAP Officers and/or SAPS were conducted, in which 70 premises were also inspected in areas such as Paarl, Franschhoek, Bellville, Cape Town, Hout Bay, Kraaifontein, Observatory, Constantia, Claremont, Mfuleni. and Mowbray.