Liquor ban: Cape Town thieves get away with high-end spirits

Liquor ban: Cape Town thieves get away with high-end spirits

- A Cape Town liquor store is already feeling the pressure after thieves looted a 'substantial' amount of high-end liquor

- The incident occurred just hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ban would come into immediate effect

- Meanwhile, Minister Zweli Mkhize has defended his call to see the prohibition return

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A bottle store in Cape Town has already been hit by thieves attempting to stock up despite a total ban on alcohol in South Africa.

The Bothasig SA Police Service issued a statement confirming that a liquor store had been burgled in the early hours of Tuesday morning:

"Preliminary reports indicate that at 04:35 the owner of a liquor outlet located at Village Centre, in Vryburger Drive, Bothasig, was alerted to the activation of an alarm system by a security company on the premises.
"On arrival he discovered that the security gates in front of the store had been forcibly removed and a window next to the door was broken. A substantial quantity of high-end liquor bottles had been stolen."
The Cape Town liquor store was looted of high-end alcohol.

The Cape Town liquor store was looted of high-end alcohol.
Source: UGC

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Police called upon members of the public with any information to come forward and aid the investigation:

"A case of burglary at a business premises and theft was subsequently opened by Bothasig police.
"Anyone with information that can assist in expediting the investigation is urged to contact the investigating officer, Sgt Jonathan Kriel during office hours on 021 558 3688, alternatively the Bothasig Detective standby number 079 894 0095.
"Information can also be shared on the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or via the MySAPS app."

This theft took place just hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement that alcohol sales would come to an immediate end.

Earlier, had reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had been forced to justify his call for liquor to be banned amid immense criticism.

The minister had led a recent submission to the National Coronavirus Command Council, requesting that it should reconsider the relaxation of the ban. Now, Mkhize explains that the move will help provide relief to a strained healthcare sector:

"Some of the modelling that was done to predict the impact of the alcohol ban and these models demonstrated that the introduction of the suspension of alcohol sales could result in a 20% reduction of trauma and 40% reduction of all alcohol-related trauma by the third week."

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