Liquor traders have launched a campaign against the government’s plan to impose stricter regulations on the sale of alcohol and cigarettes.
The SA Liquor Traders Association (Salta) has warned government against passing tougher laws that would damage businesses operating in townships.
Salta president Mish Hlophe said his association wants Parliament to set aside the proposed National Liquor Policy Draft Bill, and to engage them more about the draft bill.
“If this bill is passed, in its current form, we are going to fight for our rights by protesting and shutting down businesses as this is the language our governments understand,” he reportedly said.
Hlophe was speaking after the release of the survey conducted by the Gauteng Liquor Forum, Salta and the National Tourism Hospitality Association (NTHA), comprising of spaza shop, tavern and shebeen, restaurant and bottle store owners.
The businesses said they employed nearly 800 staff.