Cape Town shebeens and clubs raided

JOHANNESBURG –CITY council officers inspected  39 premises and issued spot fines of up to R14 000 for various by-law contraventions as well as issued 10 compliance notices and confiscated 620 litres of alcohol, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday.

“We have started using undercover officers to bait illegal operators and the results are clear to see. Alcohol abuse is a major contributor to social ills and so we cannot afford to go easy on those who flout the law,” City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith said.

“We need the public to help us by lifting the lid on illegal shebeens that pop up in their communities, but also the legal ones – some of which insist on pushing the boundaries.”

Smith said operations focused on establishments in Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu, Philippi East, Lwandle, Nyanga, Belhar and Khayelitsha.

“The City of Cape Town’s Liquor Enforcement Unit teamed up with the South African Police Service and the Western Cape Liquor Authority in recent days to focus on compliance at night clubs, shebeens and taverns.”

Smith said in addition, four suspects were arrested for selling alcohol illegally and contravening the Liquor Act, resulting in the closure of seven shebeens in Lwandle, Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Gugulethu.

Elsewhere the City’s Vice Squad continued their operations to curb street prostitution and brothels and conducted numerous integrated operations with the Hawks in Somerset West, Brooklyn and Macassar.

“They arrested seven sex workers, issued fines totalling R4500 for solicitation, and also removed a 17-year-old girl from the streets in Macassar with the assistance of social workers.” – ANA