12 Apr 2017 11:20am
OTJIWARONGO, 12 APR (NAMPA) The Otjozondjupa Police on Wednesday announced that it will strictly enforce the ban on the sale of all types of alcohol on public holidays.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Wednesday told Nampa the ban on the sale of alcohol is fully backed by the law.
Mbeha cited the Public Holidays Act of 1990 No. 26, which declares public holidays as 'closed days' for the sale of alcohol.
She said on such days, shebeens and bars are not supposed to operate at all.
Public holidays are on New Years Day, Independence Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Workers Day, Cassinga Day, Ascension Day, Africa Day, Heroes Day, International Human Rights Day, Christmas Day, Family Day.
We decided to pass an order that no sale of alcohol on public holidays will be allowed or tolerated in the region, she said.
The officer further said this is in line with maintaining law and order to control alcohol-related crime activities, especially at bars and shebeens in the region.
Mbeha warned shebeen and bar owners that they will be penalised and their liquor licences confiscated if found operating on public holidays.
She explained that it is for this reason that bottle stores and alcohol depots are closed on public holidays to observe this law, and this also applies to shebeens.
Approximately 500 shebeens operate illegally in Otjozondjupa, said Mbeha.