NDLAMBE municipal council voted on Thursday to extend liquor trading hours by one hour on weekdays and weekends as from December 15, as well as granting an extension of liquor trading until 4am on New Year’s Day (the morning of January 1, 2018).
However, there were objections.
At the council meeting the SAPS liquor-officers present shared some statistics, collected over the last three years over successive festive seasons, on the increases in contact crime due to the consumption of alcohol. It was revealed there has been a 70% increase in murders, 75% in attempted murder and 78% in sexual offences. Common assault and robberies also increased by large margins over the same period.
Mayor, Phindile Faxi, said that the figures presented were not just conjured up.
“They were arrived at when tavern owners were up in arms after previous years’ experiences,” said Faxi
More on this story and other important decisions made during the last council meeting of the year in this Thursday’s Talk of the Town.