MUSLIM CITY COUNCILLORS FAIL TO VOTE AGAINST 24 HOUR LIQUOR TRADING BY-LAW

What was going to be a landslide victory for the DA  for up to 24 hour liquor trading turned out to be damp squib as not a single opposition political Party supported them. Mayor Patricia De Lille used her opening speech in Council Chambers to champion the By-Law but was quickly rebutted by  AL JAMA-AH that her By-Law was going to turn Cape Town into  the “Drunk Capital of the World” which was the headline for the evening and morning newspapers. The crunch came at the end of the Council session when the By-Law was debated. The ANC earlier indicated that they were going to support it claiming that none of the railway  level crossing offenders were drunk. AL  JAMA-AH used its three minutes to produce scientific evidence debunking the merits of the increased trading hour  and seven political opposition Parties including the ACDP showed their  displeasure. The Speaker tried to avoid a vote but Cllr Ganief Hendricks asked for one. The DA majority won the day with support of its Muslim councillors. Muslim Parliamentarians in the Western Cape legislature have already approved the Liquor Bill which will come into effect 1 April 2012. Premier Helen Zille has reduced the drinking holes limit set by the previous Muslim Premier.