Penalties for supermarkets not complying with new liquor act

Penalties for supermarkets not complying with new liquor act

The KZN Liqour Authority has warned owners of small businesses and supermarkets that they will be fined for not complying with the new act on the sale of alcohol.

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Liqour Authority CEO Elliot Mashile says the regulations came into effect earlier this year but some stores have still not abiding by them.

Among others things, the law prohibits the manufacturing, distribution or retail sale of liquor in both rural and urban communities on any location that is less than 500 metres away from schools and places of worship.

Mashile says they will be conducting mass inspections across the province over the next three months.

"All holders of a grocers wine licence must, within a period of three years, demarcate the grocers wine store from the supermarket with a desperate till point and a separate entrance. We have established that there are still supermarkets that have not complied with the requirements of the act - this is a violation of the act and we will be embarking on a mass inspection to ensure they comply with the act," he says.

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