The Gauteng Liquor Board is not our protector!

SALTA Quarterly News

In response to a Memorandum of Grievances from liquor associations, the Gauteng Liquor Board (GLB) states that the “current democratic government has done its utmost to correct the past through legislation. The people of Gauteng are now allowed to apply for a liquor license if they so wish.”

Hogwash! A number of liquor traders have, over the years, applied for licenses without success. The bylaws are a hindrance. The Gauteng Liquor Board is fully aware of this. The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) is also mentioned. Who should approach SALGA?

Liquor traders have stated before that this apartheid Liquor Act needs to be amended. A political solution is the answer.

Hogwash! A number of liquor traders have, over the years, applied for licenses without success. The bylaws are a hindrance.

The Act is selectively applied. Some people are able to circumvent bylaws and get licenses when some can’t. Some regions are also able to circumvent while others are unable to do so. Something seems fishy here! Some people or regions are seemingly more equal than others!

We possibly need another Agrizzi here to expose the rot that seems to be taking place within the liquor industry.

The GLB further states that many of the proposed solutions suggested by the liquor associations “relate to the Act.” All members of the public will be afforded an opportunity to make their submissions when the Act or regulations are amended. How many times must we submit the same proposals over and over again and receive such non-substantive cop-out responses? How long is this process going to take?

The immediate issue right now is the extension of shebeen permits or rather the response by the GLB to the Yeoville judgement.

We, as liquor traders, had hoped that the GLB, as a “creature of statute” would be our protector and a proverbial shoulder to cry on as we meander through various obstacles and challenges before us. This, however, seems not to be the case. The GLB instead, seems to be a predator whose aim is to devour poor and defenceless permit holders. Sies!

More positive engagements and collaborations should rather be happening.

Recently, liquor traders have reported a rise in robberies at their places. The GLB, SAPS, JMPD and liquor trader associations, together, can form a formidable team to fight this evil scourge. This is not happening. Why?

SAPS, in most cases, visit liquor outlets for the wrong reasons, mainly to confiscate liquor – which never reaches the courts. This needs to stop!