Cele orders police to shut down all illegal liquor outlets in Limpopo

Cele orders police to shut down all illegal liquor outlets in Limpopo

Police Minister Bheki Cele has ordered an immediate shutdown of all illegal liquor outlets in Limpopo. Cele noted that most deaths in the province occur near the illicit taverns.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has ordered authorities to shut down every illegal liquor outlet in Limpopo.

Police and traffic officers in Polokwane have been given 48 hours to carry out the clamp-down, and then Cele will be assessing the festive season crime prevention strategy, Briefly.co.za gathered.

SABC reports that police management have been told to pay overtime over the bustling season in light of the extra work.

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The minister blamed the high number of illicit outlets for the equally high amount of murders in the region:

“I don’t know what’s the story in this province, why do you have only 42 churches in the province and you have almost 14 thousand liquor outlets, so that tells you that we have a problem but when you look at the patterns of murder it also tells you so, because more people, they die Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday early hours where you pick up the dead bodies and you will pick them up around those areas."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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