- The lockdown laws have forced enterprising crooks to become more creative than usual
- Two men were recently arrested in Johannesburg for selling liquor despite the current ban
- The suspects had disguised their goods as 'sanitizer' in a bid to remain under the radar
Tax Justice South Africa founder Yusuf Abramjee has brought Mzansi's attention to an amusing incident that saw two men arrested.
Police in Johannesburg discovered that the suspects were selling alcohol despite the current lockdown ban and they had found an unusual and somewhat ironic way to disguise their illicit wares.
The pair were moving liquor in containers marked sanitizer when it was actually vodka and red and white wine.
The restriction is one of the most hotly contested regulations imposed amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the response to this incident revealed the sentiment the public has towards the ban.
Many felt sorry for the perpetrators while some wished the SA Police Service would place as much interest in catching those responsible for more serious crimes.
@stultusruetultr- "Should start a GoFundMe account to help pay for their legal fees. Amazes me that law enforcement are on the ball when it comes to enforcing nonsensical regulations, but ask them to enforce laws regarding house-break-ins, murders, hijackings and GBV.....crickets."
@Misacras- "Wow the creativity behind this probably someone snitched on them."
@bryanbrom- "Imagine if our SAPS were as eager to catch murderers and rapists."
@FirehorseMedia1- "For once I am on these guys side... if the government can be so blatantly corrupt and criminal then let the small guys on the street make a plan!!"
@clivesimpkins- "I love the 'JoeSoap' brand."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Western Cape government demands that the alcohol ban must be urgently lifted to prevent the loss of almost 200 000 jobs associated with the win and hospitality industries.
The DA believes that the peak has passed in the Western Cape and if the correct precautions are followed alcohol sales could resume.
Premier Alan Winde reported that on August 7, the Western Cape had 8 631 cases of Covid-19 and 97 506 confirmed cases and 85 528 patients have recovered.
"We fully agree that alcohol-related harms are a major problem in our province and country," a statement said on Friday at the conclusion of a meeting of top officials in the provincial government.
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