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[LISTEN] SADD: “Issuing of Licences Allowing Alcohol Sales at Petrol Station Being Sneaked Through”

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Faizel Patel – 11/08/2021

The Founder and Director of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) the issuing of liquor licences to retailers based at petrol station premises is being sneaked through despite the alcohol and liquor bill not being passed.

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in SA, including SADD has called for an immediate halt to the issuing of liquor licences to retailers based at petrol stations.

In June this year, BP and their forecourt shop partner Pick n Pay Express were awarded a Grocer’s licence, which allows them to sell wine.

Speaking to Radio Islam, SADD’s Caro Smit says the draft of the alcohol and liquor bill states that alcohol must not be sold at petrol stations.

“Whoever is upset about this or feels it is a bad move which I’m sure most people do because I’m sure it will increase drunk driving. We want them to rather write to newspapers, politicians, speak to their councilors, write to BP, Pick n Pay, to the community and get everyone behind so that there is a mass movement to say this is actually not acceptable we have to stop this now.”

Smit says very few people are aware of the draft bill about alcohol and liquor licences being issued to petrol stations.

“People who have heard about it say good heavens how on earth can this happen, it’s completely irresponsible. It’s a most dangerous way of actually allowing alcohol to be sold.”

Caro says there has been very little support from the public to stop the licences from being issued.

(Twitter: @FaizelPatel143)

 

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