-Three people were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal for allegedly selling fake vodka to the public and taverns
- It was found that the alcohol was fake as the batch numbers on the box did not correspond with the ones on the bottles
- A witness said that it was unsafe because the people who were going to consume the alcohol do not know what it was actually made of
The police have arrested three suspects for selling counterfeit vodka in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday. The suspects allegedly peddled thousands of rands from selling fake alcohol to unknowing customers.
Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Crime Intelligence Unit caught a man who was transporting 100 cases of "Smirnoff 1818" vodka at the back of a van in Eastwood. The bottles were found to be worth R170 000.
The police also arrested two others who were found with 34 cases of the same alcohol. The suspects will appear on the charges of holding counterfeit goods.
What gave the alcohol away as being fake, was that the batch numbers on the bottles did not correspond with the ones on the box as they should.
Another thing that was noted which made it clear that the alcohol was a knock off, was that the adhesive used to stick on the label were not the same as the original bottles.
A witness to the case said that the alcohol would be taken for testing to find out exactly what it is made of.
"The concern is that it is a danger to the public because it is unknown what it is made of," said the source.
In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a video of petrol attendants beating up a man has resurfaced. A video showing petrol attendants at an Engen garage beating up an unknown man with sticks has resurfaced on social media. According to the person who posted the video, the man being beaten up allegedly used the k-word.
However, the incident occurred in January 2017 in Namibia after the man allegedly refused to pay for services before assaulting an attendant at the petrol station. South African tweeps have had differing responses to the video. While some thought it was time to share jokes, others believed that the severity of the usage of the k-word and the assault should be taken more seriously.
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