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Pretoria – As the ban on the sale of alcohol under the adjusted level 4 of the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 continues to propel the illicit market, the South African Limpopo Police Department has arrested people making sorghum beer smuggled into South Africa.
Different types of illicit alcohol, including sorghum beer made in neighboring countries, have become readily available in densely populated South African cities like Johannesburg.
Members attached to Polokwane International Airport were on routine duty along the N1 road next to South African breweries when they arrested nine undocumented foreign nationals traveling on a bus and confiscated packets of beer. of sorghum that were packed in the trailer, ”said Limpopo SAPS spokesperson. Motlafela Mojapelo.
“Alcohol is valued at Rand 175,800. A 31-year-old driver, who is also a foreign national, was immediately arrested.”
The South African Limpopo Police Department confiscated packages of sorghum beer that had been smuggled into South Africa on a bus. Photo: SAPS
Mojapelo said the persistent weekly operations carried out in all districts of Limpopo province continue to yield positive results after the arrests of at least 926 suspects from July 11 to Monday.
“The suspects were arrested for various crimes ranging from murder, rape, theft, assault, smuggling of illicit goods, violation of immigration law to violation of management law regulations. disasters, ”he said.
In Sekhukhune district, four people between the ages of 26 and 37 were arrested for possession of motor vehicles allegedly stolen during an undercover operation carried out by several security forces.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects allegedly ran a union to fraudulently buy the vehicles from the car dealership and then resell them. Three salary notices that were allegedly used to fraudulently purchase the vehicles from different car dealerships were also confiscated, ”Mojapelo said.
In Seshego, the SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses (FCS) and Criminal Intelligence units arrested a 42-year-old traditional healer for a rape allegedly committed in December.
“This after the father left his daughter with the suspects performing rituals who then raped her and fled the scene,” Mojapelo said.
In another incident, four foreign nationals between the ages of 26 and 42 were arrested in Tzaneen on Monday and 72 boxes of illicit cigarettes worth R252,000 were seized. SAPS also confiscated three bakkies.
“The suspects were arrested during a well-coordinated intelligence-led operation that took officers to premises in the town of Tzaneen where the suspects were arrested,” Mojapelo said.
“In addition to these arrests, 815 people have been arrested for violating Disaster Management Act regulations across the province. Some of the suspects have already started appearing in various district courts across the province. Operations are continuing.
African News Agency (ANA)