The Democratic Alliance has called on government to introduce the Liquor Amendment Bill as a means of grappling with the country’s alcohol-related problems.
The DA’s Dean Macpherson told BusinessTech that the draft legislation has effectively been stuck in cabinet for the last four years, despite having the potential to introduce a number of regulations which could reduce the damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption in the country.
“While not perfect, the bill will allow MPs to work towards dealing with issues like access to liquor by minors and provinces being able to levy taxes on sales to fund cost recovery models, ” he said.
The policy has three objectives: banning or severely limiting alcohol advertising, reducing the availability of alcohol, and increasing pricing through excise.
The Draft Liquor Amendment Bill proposes a number of wide-reaching changes including:
• Increasing the drinking age to 21 years;
• The introduction of a 100-metre radius limitation of trade around educational and religious institutions;
• Banning of any alcohol sales and advertising on social and small media;
• The introduction of new liability clause for alcohol-sellers.
According to statistics from the department of social development’s gender-based violence call centre, pleas for help spiked by 30% within three days after the ban was lifted, TimesLive reported.
Adv Johan Jonck, of Arrive Alive, said: “As a society, we struggle to drink responsibly. This can be seen not only in road crashes but also in domestic and gender violence and other crimes.”
You can view the The Draft Liquor Amendment Bill here,