A well-known liquor Store’s Manager who is doing business at Mdantsane Highway, was arrested together with another suspect on Wednesday the 13th January 2021 for contravening the Disaster Management Act Regulations and adjusted level 3 lockdown restrictions. The two male suspects aged between 38 and 39 were arrested by the police, one in Highway whilst the other handed himself on instruction of the police.
These arrests followed after information was received that the liquor store was continuing to sell liquor to customers in the early hours of the morning at Highway, in Mdantsane. On investigation, it was established that indeed there was evidence that liquor was being loaded into private vehicles as early as before 5:00 in the early morning.
After suspects were approached as part of the investigation, the manager admitted that they indeed sold liquor to unknown persons. Subsequently, a search warrant was obtained and inside the liquor store invoices were found. The invoices depicted transactions which were made on different dates from the 31st December 2020 to 13th January 2021. All these contraventions took place whilst the sale and transportation of alcohol is already prohibited.
The two suspects were also charged for failing to be in their residence during the stipulated hours of Curfew and failing to wear a face mask in the public. They have been summoned to appear before Mdantsane Magistrate court on 2021-02-09 with the option of R10 000-00 fine. The value of the liquor illegally sold is estimated at R66 700-00.
Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile appreciated the work of the police and vowed to continue teaching a lesson to those who do not respect the law. “Non-compliance remains a criminal offence in terms of the Disaster Management Act Regulations and Lockdown restrictions, and people who are determined to violate these laws must answer for their actions in the courts of law.” Major General Patekile concluded.
Investigations are continuing to trace other suspects who allegedly bought and unlawfully transported liquor during the stated period.
Source: South African Police Service