MBOMBELA – The Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Gabisile Shabalala is calling on liquor traders across the province to comply with the Lockdown regulations or stand losing trading licenses.
This comes after Shabalala had a meeting with the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator and SAPS Provincial Management yesterday. She requested MER and the police to be stringent when dealing with those who don’t comply.
“Taverners must not prioritize profits but they should comply with all Covid-19 Health protocols. They need to ensure adequate social distancing among the patrons who enter their premises is fully observed at all times,” says the MEC.
She revealed in the meeting that she has been inundated with calls of tavern and liquor outlets that opened beyond midnight in Mbombela, Emalahleni and other townships.
“The placement of the country on Alert Level 1 in line with the Disaster Management Act to deal with Covid-19 pandemic does not mean the pandemic is over, therefore communities including liquor traders should comply with the regulations: stay safe wash your hands, sanitise and always wear your masks especially in public.”
She reminds communities to continue to wear their masks in public, washing their hands or sanitizing on a regular basis and also avoid large gatherings. She also stated that she will support some of the operations targeting non-complying liquor businesses starting this weekend. SAPS and MER also briefed the MEC on plans they have to ensure compliance by the liquor traders.