WC Education MEC explains why she wants alcohol sales at schools to be regulated

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer says a number of precautions have been considered in a proposed change to the Education Amendment Bill that will allow the sale of alcohol on school premises.

The amendment, which is one of many, has caused controversy, with the African National Congress (ANC) saying it rejects the proposed change.

Schafer has defended the change, saying alcohol sales in certain instances could be a new way of fundraising for schools.

She says that it is already happening, but needs better regulation.

Many schools already have functions where alcohol is being sold and everyone just seems to turn a blind eye to all that so what we thought was why don't we rather regularise it, leave the ban in place but allow for schools, if they wish to, to apply to the HOD who can put conditions to it for alcohol to be allowed at some school activities with relevant conditions.

Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC

Asked if the legislation will take into account those communities with substance abuse issues, Schafer says these and other circumstances will be considered.

The idea is to take into account communities, their views and circumstances in different areas. We put as many safeguards in place as we can but we are just trying to acknowledge the reality of what is happening at many schools already.

Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC

We could put in a condition that it would not be permitted if there are children at the function.

Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC

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