The Vuma Liquor Traders’ Association (VULTA) slammed the proposed Liquor Amendment Bill in a release.
Download the comments as a PDF: Vuma Liquor Traders Associations comment on the Draft Liquor Amendment Bill 2016
After much criticism of the bill they ended the document with these powerful statements:
“In the main National Liquor Policy document it says in (1.1). “The results of the apartheid liquor policy were countless raids, harassment, arrests, prosecutions and imprisonment of African people”
Then in 1.6.9 it talks about transforming the industry and mentions Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE)
The only people who will benefit will be the rich blacks who are close to government as the government will force companies to give shares to them.
Given all the proposals that we have dealt with and how they will result in the disempowerment of our SME black-dominated and township sector, we plead with those who wield power to listen to us and hear our cries.
We feel that those behind this policy live very privileged lives and are far removed from our realities in the townships
Many of them have liquor bars in their homes
Many of them go to expensive hotels such as ONE and ONLY and The Cape Sun for their drinks that many of our customers can only dream of visiting
As in the past, some who are now in plush jobs got educated from the type of business that is now targeted for destruction
We are law abiding citizens and we are groaning under the yoke of terrible laws and passing this cruel policy may be the last straw
We put bread on our tables
We are adding value to the economy at no expense to the taxpayer
This policy is far worse than any liquor laws experienced during the apartheid times
THIS BILL MUST BE TOTALLY SCRAPPED
THIS BILL MUST FALL”
Ineng is hosting an event on this issue on Saturday 28 January 2017.
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