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Liquor board explains decision

Liquor board explains decision

The Gauteng Liquor Board insists that its initial decision to extend trading hours this weekend was not influenced by the African National Congress (ANC)'s anniversary celebrations in Soweto.

The board maintains that it received numerous requests to keep bars open for the party's 105th anniversary event at Orlando Stadium.

The board's Fhedzisani Pandelani says “No one from the ANC has even approached us. However, there have been inquiries from stakeholders and people who wanted to cash in. In answer to the inquiry or questions raised, we said yes."

The ANC Women's League and Party Secretary General Gwede Mantashe were not happy with the initial decision, saying it showed the ANC supporters in a negative light.

The extension was revoked on Wednesday.

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