Pressure mounts over proposed liquor by-lawJanuary 7th, 2011 by H&R | Categories: beverages, government, hotels, industry, legal, restaurants, tourism
Pressure is increasing on the City of Cape Town over its ill-conceived liquor by-law which it is planning to introduce after postponing its implementation on January 1.
Media reports say that a group of more than 50 businesses is planning to seek an interdict to prevent the City of Cape Town from implementing its liquor by-law and will also challenge the constitutionality of the legislation.
A report in the Cape Times today says the same businesses are also to sue the city for damages after some claimed to have lost money on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Some restaurant, club and pub owners met in the city centre on Thursday to discuss the attempt to shorten liquor trading hours. They are reported to have styled themselves the Club, Bar and Restaurant Association of the Western Cape (CBRA) and met at Chrome, a club in Pepper Street in central Cape Town.
According to the report in the Cape Times, a letter will be sent to the city on Monday before the legal papers are filed.
Two months ago Hotel & Restaurant called on the city to reconsider its proposed by-law.