Minister Cele talks, cops walk: 98 shebeens closed down in Limpopo

Minister Cele talks, cops walk: 98 shebeens closed down in Limpopo

Police Minister Bheki Cele spoke and Limpopo police officials listened. 98 shebeens have been closed down in the province in countless operations targeting illicit liquor vendors.

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South African Police Service officers in Limpopo have been hard at work in an operation targeting illegal liquor outlets. reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele had called for a clamp-down in the region, claiming that consumption had led to an increase in violence.

Now, The Citizen reports that nearly 100 establishments were affected, with 300 suspects arrested, massive amounts of liquor confiscated and 29 licensed liquor outlets charged for non-compliance.

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In one cluster, 50 cases of liquor were confiscated with the owners charged with operating without the correct licence.

In a statement issued by the authorities, the SAPS commented on the success of the missions:

“The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has commended the members for their hard work and dedication in fighting the scourge of liquor related crimes and has instructed that these operations must be intensified until all illegal shebeens are closed down and all licensed premises operate within the prescribed laws."

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