The province needs to balance the socio-economic challenges within our communities and the demand of liquor in the Western Cape.
This is according to Philip Prinsloo, Deputy Director for Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations at the Western Cape Liquor Authority.
The licensing and policing of taverns is under the spotlight again after the stampede at Osi’s Place in Khayelitsha last month, which resulted in the death of eight young women.
The women who died in this stampede were between the ages of 15 and 23.
The Western Cape Liquor Authority is investigating this case.
Prinsloo says that the liquor authority regulates the retail sale and micromanages the manufacturing of liquor in the province.
But he says that communities that are unhappy with liquor legislation and licensing need to come forward and engage with draft regulations.
According to Prinsloo, the government has revoked licenses and given heavy fines to those contravening legislation in the past two years.
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