ILLEGAL drinking holes are a problem in kasis all over Mzansi.

In North West, the department of enterprise development has introduced a new liquor licensing system to try and get traders to make money legally.

The department, with other liquor authorities, kicked off the liquor month awareness campaign at the Boitekong Community Hall.

About 500 liquor traders from across the province attended the event.

In keeping with the saamwerk-saamtrek theme, the department also got police involved and visited several liquor outlets in the Rustenburg CBD, Boitekong and Thlabane to check whether businesses complied with the law.

Onnicah Sithole, director of business regulations in the department, said the new liquor licensing system would improve the process of applying for licences.

Moeketsi Senqhi, chairman of the North West Liquor board, said the board welcomed the new system.

As a build-up to the awareness event, the police and municipal officials visited about 32 liquor outlets ranging from taverns to bottle stores and restaurants.

Of these, 15 traders were issued with fines for non-compliance with the law to the value of R15 000.

One arrest was also made in connection with possession of dagga and the illegal connection of electricity.

#Daily Sun