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Thursday Dec 12, 2013

Mosque fails in Long St liquor objection

Muslim organisations that objected to the issuing of a liquor licence to a club that is about to open opposite the Palm Tree mosque in Long Street have lost their case at the Western Cape Liquor Board.

Long Street with the Palm Tree mosque on the left

The board decided yesterday to issue the licence after hearing both objections from the organisations as well as motivation from the club's owner, businessman Mark Lifman.

Bo-Kaap Civic Association chairman Osman Shabodien said yesterday that the board had decided to issue the liquor licence to the new club with conditions.

'But we are still waiting to get a hard copy of the board's decision so that we can decide whether to appeal or not.'

The association, the Palm Tree Mosque and other mosques in BoKaap took the matter to the board.

Shabodien said the new development would have three balconies and they were worried about what would happen on the pavement in front of the mosque.

He said that the Liquor Act was changed in April to allow for objections from concerned residents.

'This is the first time we are challenging a liquor institution... directly across from the mosque.'
The mosque has been in Long Street since the early 19th century.

Shabodien said the civic association and the mosques recognised that there were other bars on Long Street, including one next to the mosque, but the right to object was only introduced in April.

'While the new act does not qualify how many liquor outlets can exist in one area, we feel that the CBD already has an over-concentration of outlets and we feel that some sense needs to prevail if this is to be an inclusive city,' he said.

City Bowl ward councillor Dave Bryant said he supported the findings of the tribunal.

Lifman refused to comment on the matter yesterday.

'I have made it very clear to you that I don't make any comments to the press. Will you please respect that.'

Cape Argus


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