Gauteng SAPS to dump booze confiscated during the national lockdown

Gauteng SAPS to dump booze confiscated during the national lockdown

- Gauteng SAPS are going to dispose of the alcohol they confiscated during lockdown

- The alcohol is estimated to be worth millions of rands and the thousands of litres are scheduled to be poured down the drain over the next two weeks

- The police have faced criticism over how they targeted lockdown violations and some believe the alcohol could be put to better use

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SABC has reported that Gauteng police will pour thousands of litres of confiscated alcohol down the drain over the next two weeks.

The police will dispose of all the alcohol which was confiscated during the national lockdown which had a ban on cigarettes and alcohol.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela says, “We have more than 300 000 litres of alcohol. It differs from one suburb, township and informal settlement. In the township, you would find this. It’s Nigerian liquor, but it’s here in the country illegally. When it comes to pricing it’s difficult for me to give the price, but it’s worth millions of rands.”

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Gauteng SAPS will dispose of millions of rands worth of alcohol which had been confiscated during lockdown. Photo credit: Facebook/South African Police Service
Gauteng SAPS will dump thousands of litres of alcohol it confiscated over the lockdown period. Photo credit: Facebook/South African Police Service
Source: Facebook

However, some South Africans have other ideas and think the alcohol could be used for other purposes.

Earlier, reported that Minister of Police Bheki Cele has been trending once again on social media and not for the right reasons. Tweeps were angered once again by Cele's lack of opinion or action regarding certain issues that are facing South Africa right now. These are issues such as human trafficking and gender-based violence.

With the situation regarding gender-based violence, kidnapping and human-trafficking worsening. Cele has remained mum on the matter. Social media users were not impressed and gave their two cents on the minister's silence.

@skhumali said: "So let me get this straight, there are two groups of known gangs in Newcastle who kill, rape, steal in daylight known by EVERYONE in the area but nothing happens to them? But Bheki Cele was busy shutting down pubs last night."

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In other news, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma maintained that keeping a curfew even during Level 1 of the nationwide lockdown was mainly to stop "chaos". This was especially kept in place because of the behaviour of young people, spending hours out while drinking.

Whilst briefing the media on the Level 1 COVID-19 regulations Dlamini-Zuma said that people had the tendency to relax when consuming alcohol. She also said that if people have been sitting in a restaurant or tavern, you don't want them to be sitting there for many hours.

She said: "People, when they start drinking, get drunk. They forget the mask, they forget social distancing. It becomes chaos. So you don't want that chaos to continue right into the morning."

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