- A Facebook post uploaded by the South African Police Service has revealed that a 23-year-old man has been arrested
- He allegedly was transporting alcohol to the value of R5 000 in a car belonging to a funeral parlour
- South Africans had mixed reactions to the post and told the police to focus on real crime
The police have nabbed a 23-year-old man for allegedly transporting alcohol which is a contravention of the level 3 Covid-19 regulations.
The vehicle belongs to a funeral parlour and was loaded full of cases of alcohol with an estimated value of R5 000.
The police shared a post on Twitter informing the public about the arrest and the circumstances.
South Africans reacted to the post by sharing their opinions of the incident:
"You're not arresting illegal foreigners who are selling drugs to our brothers and sisters."
"Let us drink alcohol in peace, go and arrest rapist, drug dealers ."
"Alcohol is a drug, perhaps one of the most destructive drugs ever."
"If you advocate for alcohol, you shouldn't have a problem with drug dealers.
"Good work. Now let's get down to serious business. How many human traffickers have you caught this week? How about drug dealers? One? None?"
"Wonderful - now try catch some real criminals like those blowing up CIT vehicles."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that South Africans cannot transport liquor under the strengthened Level 3 regulations. The highly controversial return of the liquor ban has seen alcohol only permitted to be distributed or transported for export purposes, industrial use and household cleaning products.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma explained that the ban extends not only to retailers but to those distributing liquor for consumption:
"Liquor cannot be sold for on-site or off-site consumption. Transportation of alcohol is only allowed if it is for export or if a manufacturer is taking it to storage or if it is alcohol that is used in the industry. Otherwise, if it's liquor that you drink, you are not supposed to transport or distribute it."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a 10-second clip showing South African Police Officers searching bags has raised concerns with South Africans. The video was shared to Twitter by journalist Sihle Mlambo who seemed just as shocked as everyone else.
Mlambo shared the video on Thursday and it gained thousands of views in a matter of hours. Many believe that the police officers are searching the bags to ensure that alcohol is not being transported.
However, SAns are still frustrated that the bags are being searched in the first place.
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