The Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on Monday handed down judgment on the controversial Liquor Act.

This was in response to the Sekhukhune Liquor Traders Association [SLTA] and EFF Capricorn region’s interdict for the implementation of the Limpopo Liquor Act. It came into effect on 1 August 2023. SLTA and EEF had stated that the new Act was a recipe for revenue loss which has resulted in loss of employment in some cases.

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On the other hand, the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism [Ledet] MEC, Rodgers Monama said the consumption of liquor has proved to be a causative factor in terms of community instability, and violence and abuse in homes across the province.

LIMPOPO LIQUOR ACT RULING

But the court has directed LEDET to gazette the convention of old liquor licenses to new licenses and also gazette it for comment. This also means that liquor outlets may still trade until 02:00 under the repealed Liquor Act 27 of 1989.

But the 02:00 curfew will only apply to old license holders and those applying for licenses after the change is made will have to cease sales at midnight.

Court makes a ruling on controversial Limpopo Liquor Act
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Deputy Chairperson of Sekhukhune Liquor Traders Association, Sello Mokwana has welcomed the ruling. He says that even though the court did not grant them an interdict which they were seeking against the implementation of the new Liquor Act, they are happy that the department cannot stop them from selling alcohol after midnight.

Deputy Chairperson of Sekhukhune Liquor Traders Association, Sello Mokwana told Capricorn FM News that even though the court did not grant them an interdict which they were seeking against the implementation of the new Liquor Act, they are happy that the department cannot stop them from selling alcohol after midnight.

The department has yet to officially comment on the ruling.