Mayoral Committee Member for Safety in the City of Cape Town, JP Smith, says…

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Mayoral Committee Member for Safety in the City of Cape Town, JP Smith, says the city has received a lot of backlash from the public over the years for disposing confiscated liquor. Smith is dumping over 12 thousand litres of alcohol down the drain that was confiscated at beaches and other public spaces in the previous financial year. Smith says the public outcry is that the city must sell the liquor to recoup its expenses. He says the legal advice is, that it’s not that simple: “And there are some serious problems that arise, which the legal advisors also point out, and of course the main one is that people that people then start saying well you’re confiscating the alcohol in order to make money out of it, you have an incentive for doing so, your goal is not public safety, but profiteering. I think there is a powerful argument for selling the alcohol, but another big complicated matter is the legal fact that if the City were to sell the alcohol, we would need a liquor licence.”





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5 comments on “Mayoral Committee Member for Safety in the City of Cape Town, JP Smith, says…

  1. Come 2019 elections then you expect votes from those people that you confiscated their alcohol,small things can be costly sometimes,these people are making living out of selling beers to feed the families,selling liquor must be legalised as much as dagga is been legalised

  2. How can you sell an already opened bottle. It might be contaminated ! If you don’t want your alcohol to be confiscated, drink at home ! The sober among us don’t appreciate the behaviour of drunks in public places anyway !!

  3. They have no strategy. JP Smith as usual. Not every bottle was open. In other countries they sell or auction proceeds of crime in order to fund the very law enforcement agencies that need resources in order to do their job well. If a bottle of whisky would go for R100 each rest assured people will buy it. So this is just a waste or a publicity stunt going nowhere really.

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