They say Section 64 of the provincial Liquor Act could put them out of business next year.

FILE: Beer crates are moved in the skylight. Image: Sethembiso Zulu/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN – As many Cape Town residents prepare for protests on Wednesday, there could be more demonstrations in the future.

It comes as the spirits industry vows to stage its own shutdown.

Liquor dealers from various townships of the city met on Tuesday to discuss amendments to the liquor law.

They say Section 64 of the provincial Liquor Act could put them out of business next year.

The law means liquor operators who have previously broken the law will have to go through a process to convince the authorities why they should be trading.

Liquor traders have said they will meet with liquor board officials on Monday and are threatening to close down businesses in their communities if they don’t reach an agreement.

Liquor dealers say that the authorities are acting unwisely, as the sale of liquor is their source of income.

But Public Safety and Policing Oversight MEC Reagen Allen is having none of it.

He said by abiding by the rules, liquor dealers would be good for society as many crimes are committed while under the influence of alcohol.

“There is a misconception about issues that are in the public domain. For us, the main thing is to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages accordingly in the public interest,” the MEC said.

More than 100 liquor retailers are facing the threat of going out of business, with some found guilty of selling alcohol to underage drinkers, while others were reprimanded for working after hours.

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