Joint operations held between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and traffic authorities led to the arrest of a 40-year-old truck driver in Kinklebos, Port Elizabeth on Thursday 29 July. Why do you ask? The suspect was caught moving a considerable amount of liquor during the nationwide alcohol ban.
ALCOHOL BAN: 5000 LITRES FOUND IN JUICE BOTTLES
It is alleged that at about 11:00, SAPS Kinklebos members and the traffic officials were at the Kinklebos traffic weigh bridge when they stopped a truck and a silver Caravelle.
Upon searching both vehicles, more than 5000 litres of alcohol in 417 cases (12 × 1 litre bottles) were found. In the images provided by SAPS, it appears as though the alcohol was stored in juice bottles.
"The 40-year-old truck driver admitted ownership of the alcohol and was arrested and charged under the regulations of the Disaster Management Act, for the illegal transporting of liquor during the lockdown and prohibited period," said Captain Andre Beetge.
Image via: SAPS
The estimated value of the alcohol is R62 550. The suspect is expected to appear before the Alexandria Magistrate's Court on Friday 30 July.
Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile applauded the arrest and added that "our community as well as businesses must respect and adhere to the limitations and prohibitions as set out in the Disaster Management Act. The South African Police Service will continue to enforce the law and arrest those who blatantly disregard the law."
SIMILAR CASE IN THE NORTHERN CAPE
Getting caught with alcohol during the alcohol ban has become somewhat common for obvious reasons. Police in the Northern Cape busted two smugglers with huge amounts of liquor in their van on Monday 27 July.
The pair were caught with hundreds of wine bottles, boxes of brandy, and crates of spiced rum. The police estimated that 354 600ml of liquor was inside the van.
"On Monday evening 27 July 2020 at about 21:15, SAPS members of the ZFM District COVID-19 team were busy with patrols in front of the Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington when they noticed what appeared to be a white Isuzu courier van driving over the bridge leading to Paballelo and Dakota Weg locations," said a police statement.
"Seeing that it was already past the curfew time, they pursued the vehicle to inquire their reason for traveling this late. They managed to pull the vehicle off and upon investigation, they discovered dozens of boxes filled with liquor in the back of the van," it added.
The men were arrested and charged for Contravention of the National Disaster Management Act Regulations, for the transportation of liquor and failure to confine themselves to their residents during the curfew time.