The Police Minister and the SAPS held a media briefing to highlight the importance of protecting South Africa from negative effects of alcohol abuse. At the briefing 10 000 litres of confiscated in raids and searches in the Western Cape province was destroyed
At a media briefing this Wednesday Bheki Cele, Police Minister, took the opportunity to show his commitment to strict enforcement of alcohol regulations.
At a storage facility in Belhar, Cele had briefed media and destroyed 10 000 litres of alcohol. The alcohol had been retrieved during operations which saw police raiding and searching illegal outlets in the Western Cape.
The minister had labeled alcohol abuse as a main motivator for criminal activities, especially during the December holidays.
"Most of the stations that bring the high number of liquor that is confiscated are from the same stations that are giving us the high numbers of murder and attempted murder even sexual assault, and rape.
"[This] means there is a relationship between the activities of alcohol drinking and committing the crime."
Cele went on to say that underage drinkers in licensed outlets is still a major issue the police is faced with.
According to the minister the statistics show a spike in attempted murders as well as domestic abuse cases over the Christmas period due to alcohol abuse.
The officials who operate at the SAPS liquor storage facility say that they destroy almost double that amount every month.
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