Comments To The Director-general Of The Department Of Trade And Industry About The Proposed National Liquor Policy

Comments To The Director-general Of The Department Of Trade And Industry About The Proposed National Liquor Policy

May 10 2017

It is unnecessary to propose that liability for manufacturers and suppliers be introduced to ensure they take responsibility not to supply unlicensed traders. This is already prohibited.

The Policy proposes that liability should be placed on the manufacturer or supplier if its products are found in unlicensed outlets, and it would suffice for liability that the goods are merely “found” in an unlicensed outlet. If the proposal is only that the supplier is guilty if it sold knowing that its customer will store the liquor in unregistered premises, this already applies under common law and a supplier providing the customer with the means to commit the offence will be criminally liable as an accomplice. To go further and make a supplier liable for liquor found in unregistered premises even when it did not know that the liquor would be stored in unregistered premises would make the supplier liable without being at fault and would breach the presumption of innocence.

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Comments To The Director-general Of The Department Of Trade And Industry About The Proposed Draft Liquor Amendment Bill

Comments To The Director-general Of The Department Of Trade And Industry About The Proposed Draft Liquor Amendment Bill

10 MAY 2017

New Policy reiterates the need to give priority to facilitating entry and empowering entrants

We note with approval that the National Liquor Policy reiterates that the 1997 Policy consideration of “giving priority to facilitation of entry” remains a critical challenge today.

The Policy notes that the results of apartheid liquor policy were countless raids, harassment, arrests, prosecutions and imprisonment of black South Africans. Also, it led to social breakdown, family violence, alcohol related diseases, crime and accidents in poor communities. A large illegal liquor trade mushroomed in the townships.

However, the new Policy contradicts the 1997 Policy, and will not in fact facilitate entry or empower new entrants, as well as denying lawful opportunities to consume alcohol for the youth.

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UPDATE OF MPUMALANGA LIQUOR REGISTER

UPDATE OF MPUMALANGA LIQUOR REGISTER

May 10 2017

Notice to all participants in the Mpumalanga Liquor Industry

This notice serves to provide all licensed liquor traders and those who have applied for licences to become liquor traders, with an opportunity to update their details with the Mpumalanga Liquor Authority (MLA), to ensure that their licences and applications are validated and that they are appropriately registered, as required in terms of the Mpumalanga Liquor Licensing Act, 2006 (Act 5 of 2006). Read More