n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - A criminological study of the non-compliance with selected licensing conditions by tavern operators in Mankweng Limpopo

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Liquor consumption is part of social life. The abuse thereof is a social problem. Taverns play a major role in the supply of liquor in South Africa. To control the activities of licenced taverns and other liquor outlets, the Liquor Act, Act 27 of 1989 was introduced. This study was implemented in Mankweng, 30 km east of Polokwane in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, and is based on a distributed self-administered questionnaire to a sample of tavern owners. The survey set out to measure their compliance with selected sections of the Act. The study found that violations are regular occurrences and the selling of liquor to young people under the age of 18 - the legal age for alcohol consumption in South Africa - and trading beyond prescribed hours are commonplace. Repeat offences occur and respondents stated that they violate the law and are never caught.

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