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.