SAPS in Kempton Park, Gauteng moved swiftly to apprehend two suspects who had been “operating a liquor outlet”, despite the blanket ban issued by government. The illegal boozer has since been shut down.
Illegal liquor operation busted in Kempton Park, Gauteng
A high volume of alcohol was taken from the scene, which was raided on Monday 29 June following a cross-departmental operation from the police. The makeshift speakeasy wasn’t the only offence to report, either.
One of the men was arrested for selling counterfeit products, as well as being booked with a contravention of the Immigration Act. Both suspects are set to appear in different courts across Gauteng later this week.
What are the alcohol laws of lockdown in South Africa?
Alcohol can only be purchased from licensed stores, from 9:00 – 17:00 from Monday to Thursday during Level 3 of lockdown. No bars or shebeens are allowed to operate, and restaurants cannot serve booze for sit-in meals.
In a recently issued statement, Gauteng SAPS praised the officers for making such a swift arrest. Captain Kay Makhubele revealed that a number of illicit items – including bootleg hard liquor – were discovered at the outlet.
“In another multi-disciplinary operation, police and other law enforcement agencies arrested two suspects in Kempton Park, Gauteng for illegally operating a liquor outlet. During the arrest made on Monday 29 June, a high volume of liquor was confiscated.”
“The second suspect was arrested for possession of illicit products, counterfeit products and for contravening the Immigration Act. The arrested suspects will appear in the Pretoria and Kempton Park Magistrate Court.”
Captain Kay Makhubele on the Kempton Park liquor distributors
#sapsGP On Monday 29 June, Gauteng #SAPS, arrested 2 suspects in Kempton Park for illegally operating a liquor outlet & high volume of liquor was confiscated. The second suspect was arrested for possession of illicit products & counterfeit products. TMhttps://t.co/h87lRPOMFL pic.twitter.com/i86xpjeesK
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) July 1, 2020