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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi keeps a promise he made on several occasions saying he plans on shutting downs tarvens/shebeens close to schools.
This is after it was said that department has begun processes of clamping down on those liquor stores a stone throw away from school premises.
Lesufi said that his department is ready to clamp down on any liquor outlets that are located near schools. The MEC have also been on a social media campaign #AlcoholFreeSA where he has been sharing pictures and videos saying he longs for South Africa that is alcohol free.
Also also adding that alcohol is among some other reasons why people do accidents on the road and kill people and also getting into violent behaviors.
Some shebeens will face closure while some will have to relocate. Instances where a shebeen was built after a school was built, the shebeen will shut down but if the school found the shebeen already built the business will be relocated.
“We are moving to more shebeens because the process to shut one, is too long. That is why we are concentrating on all those that are found near our schools,” said Lesufi.
According to the Gauteng Liquor Act, shebeens or bottle stores should not be situated within a 500-metre radius of a place of worship or an educational institution.