Police officials have been ordered to return illegally confiscated liquor taken under lockdown restrictions. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
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The Gauteng High Court has ordered police officials to return a large quantity of liquor confiscated during lockdown.
Meanwhile, the recovery rate relating to the pandemic remains high at an encouraging 88%.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories on the crisis in SA:
1. Cops ordered to return confiscated booze
Police officials have been ordered to return a massive quantity of confiscated alcohol to a popular pub, Padstal, after it was found that the liquor was illegally and unlawfully taken by authorities.
The Gauteng High Court passed judgement that police officials had been in the wrong when they entered the pub's storeroom without a warrant and seized all liquor on the premises.
The incident had occurred when an employee had been caught selling two bottles of brandy when lockdown law still prohibited liquor sales. The employee had been arrested before police officials entered the storeroom.
News24 reports that the owners had argued that the stock had never formed part of the lockdown contravention and that the public never had access to the liquor.
In the judgement, Judge Collis commented that the police had failed to explain to the owners why the seizure had taken place.
The court also ordered that the station commander of the Silverton police station and the national commissioner should pay the costs of the application.
READ ALSO: Zulu reveals government employees applied for Covid-19 grants
2. Mkhize updates SA on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africans on the latest Covid-19 statistics.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Thursday evening, Mkhize commented that:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 633 015 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 2 420 new cases identified."
In addition to the new cases announced, Mkhize confirmed that an increase in the death toll had been recorded
"Regrettably, we report 174 more Covid-19 related deaths: 39 from KwaZulu-Natal, 50 from Gauteng, 24 from Eastern Cape, 8 from Free State, 17 from Western Cape, 9 from North West and 27 from Mpumalanga. This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 14 563."
The number of recoveries now stand at 554 887 according to the minister with a recovery rate of 88%.
The provincial breakdown relating to cases is as follows:
- Eastern Cape - 86 489
- Free State - 38 869
- Gauteng - 211 678
- KwaZulu-Natal - 114 034
- Limpopo - 13 488
- Mpumalanga - 24 746
- North West- 25 816
- Northern Cape - 11 313
- Western Cape - 106 582
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has revealed to Parliament that some government employees applied for the special Covid-19 grant meant for the unemployed.
Zulu warned that the government was hunting down employees who had benefitted from the scheme:
“The message to those people is that we will do everything to make sure that we get that money back."
Commenting on the disturbing situation, Zulu condemned state employees for taking advantage:
“I was the minister who went in public and said it is very annoying, actually, to find that there are people who are working for government, who know that they are receiving something, who are applying for the R350 grant, and they shouldn't have applied for the R350."
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