Western Cape Liquor Act - shorter trading hours

Wednesday, 11 January, 2012
Cluver Markotter Incorporated
The statement by the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, that she wanted no liquor sales on Sundays and shorter trading hours on Saturdays and perhaps even Wednesday was widely reported.
She also said that the price of liquor should be increased so that people may buy less.

However according to Danie Cronjé, the Director of Liquor Law Services at Cluver Markotter Incorporated, the Constitution confers the power to regulate the retail sale of liquor on the provinces e.g by issuing liquor licences.

This was confirmed by the Constitutional Court in a judgement some years ago.

The Constitution also states that the “control of under taking that sell liquor” rests with municipalities.

This is why the Western Cape Liquor Act, which will come into operation in April, states that the municipalities will determine days and hours of liquor sales in their areas.

Therefore although the national government may increase the by taxes they cannot reduce liquor trading hours says Cronje.