CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape liquor authority has issued almost R7 million in fines to licensed liquor outlets across the province between November 2022 and November 2023.
Western Cape MEC for police oversight and community safety, Reagen Allen, said out of a total of 169 fines, 49 were issued to licence holders in priority areas, including Atlantis, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Mitchells Plain, and Philippi.
"It is deeply concerning to note that the majority of the non-compliance reports come from priority areas. I encourage the inspectors to maintain their level of scrutiny, as this will assist in combatting crime that might be linked to the misuse of liquor," said Allen.
Allen said the majority of notices issued ranged from failing to comply with the conditions of their licence, to failing to comply with the Western Cape Liquor Act or a compliance notice.
Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town says its traffic officers, law enforcement officers, and metro police have arrested more than 300 suspects for various offences in weekly operations.
During a roadblock in Landsdowne on Sunday, seven suspects were arrested for drunk driving.
On the same day, while metro police officers were patrolling Peta Court in Manenberg, they arrested a suspect for drug possession.
The city's Safety and Security MMC JP Smith said officers also impounded 156 public transport vehicles, and executed more than 2,700 warrants of arrest.
"The city's enforcement patrols in the community, together with the swift action by officers on information received, once again showed to be effective in our fight against crime. Visible policing is often a crime deterrent, and arresting suspects for serious criminal offences such as illegal possession of firearms and drugs puts a stop to the crime circle before it further destroys innocent lives."