KZN liquor outlets fined for breaking lockdown rules and fake licences

“As I stated last week, where any licence holder is found to have violated any of the provisions contained in the regulations or the sale of liquor in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Licensing Act, the provincial liquor authority will recommend the suspension of the license until the end of lockdown or for three months.” 

Over the past four months more than 2,000 liquor traders across the province were visited during business inspections to check compliance and ensure enforcement.

“We have expressed our concern that since the country moved to level 1, our compliance inspectors have discovered six fraudulent liquor licences and fraudulent confirmations of payment receipts,” Dube-Ncube said.

She said the fake licences were found at fully operational liquor outlets in Ematsheni in the Uthukela District, Osizweni in the Amajuba District, and Newlands East and Umhlanga in Durban.

Two fake licences were found in Umlazi, south of Durban.

“We remain concerned about the number of fraudulent licences mushrooming. It is for these reasons the KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Authority has appointed a forensic investigator to probe these cases and liaise with law enforcement authorities.

“We are confident the main culprits involved in this racket will be punished severely. This will serve as a lesson to aspiring fraudsters and dubious liquor traders.”