LEPHALALE — “Blood test kits for the testing of blood alcohol levels are now available and a lot of people have been arrested for drunken driving over the last few weeks” said Thys Eloff, chairperson of the Community policing Forum (CPF) during the CPF meeting last Thursday.
He said that it is of utmost importance that the liquor board should visit Lephalale so that people can be updated on the latest rules and regulations.
More than 12 people were arrested for drunken driving during a combined operation by the CPF, SAPS and the Municipal Traffic Department, Eloff said. Although blood tests were done, Eloff explained that it takes time for these people to get charged.
He said that operations that focus on drunken driving should be done on a regular basis and it should be an ongoing exercise. “If we do it every weekend, I hope the message will get through that we are not going to tolerate drunken driving any further” he said. He also urges every motorist to report any suspicious driving manners. “If you see someone and you suspect he/she is driving under the influence, follow the car and try to stop it. Contact the police or CPF. It may take time, but it will be worth it. We all have to assist the police and their burden will be lighter” he said.
According to a brochure supplied by the Department of Community Safety, in order to get permission to trade in liquor, a liquor license should be available on the premises where it is sold.
The license should also be renewed annually and it is an offence to sell, supply or manufacture concoctions or to employ minors.
It is an offence to sell liquor to intoxicated persons or not to adhere to trading hours or days. A liquor license could also not be leased to another person.
The illegal selling and trading in liquor should be reported. No person may sell, supply or micro-manufacture liquor without an appropriate liquor license issued in terms of the applicable Provincial Liquor Act. Such action is deemed to be a criminal offence which is punishable by imposing an admission of guilt fine (J534) or referred to a magistrate court for prosecution.
The types of liquor licenses:
On (site) – consumption liquor license.
In terms of this license, the liquor sold must be consumed at the licensed premises and the liquor may not be sold on a takeaway basis. Examples include taverns, pubs, restaurants, sports bars, hotels, night clubs, gaming premises, theatres and establishments offering accommodation.
Off (site) – consumption liquor license:
In terms of this license the liquor sold may not be consumed at the licensed liquor premises. This includes liquor stores, wholesalers, micro-manufacturers and grocer’s wine licenses.
Provides for a registration (license) granted to a liquor trader who distributes liquor to other licensed or registered holders for the purpose of retail trade. This includes liquor stores selling liquor to other liquor stores, restaurants and taverns or pubs.
Provides for a registration (license granted to a liquor manufacturer who provides volumes of liquor that are equal to exceed the following thresholds: 100 million litres of clear beer per year and 50 million litres of sorghum beer per year.