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Walmer police confiscate R2 million worth of liquor

Oct 16, 2019
Walmer police confiscate R2 million worth of liquor

Port Elizabeth - Port Elizabeth police say they have seized liquor worth R2 million from a Walmer shebeen saying that it is one of the contributing factors in the commission of many serious and violent crimes.

"The sprouting of illegal taverns and shebeens in certain areas is a concern for police therefore constant policing and liquor inspections must be enforced to curb this illegal trade," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The misuse of liquor especially in the Walmer location is a stubborn social ill which often results in crimes such as murder, attempted murder, rape, assault and assault with intent to cause serious bodily harm."

Col Naidu said that from Tuesday, from 16:00, until 07:00 on Wednesday morning, SAPS Walmer held an operation in the G-West area with special focus on clamping down on shebeens and illegal taverns.

"One shebeen was closed and liquor to the amount of approximately R2 million was seized," she said.

"A female(in her 40’s) was charged for dealing in liquor."

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, supported the clampdown and reiterated that the police will be carrying out similar raids in all station areas in the Mount Road cluster.

"These sting operations will ensure proper monitoring of the taverns and shebeens. The Liquor Control Board is with us during our operations to ascertain the legitimacy of these taverns," added Maj Gen Patekile.

"We will be coming down hard and fast on those who do not comply with the law."

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