Joubertina SAPS members were allegedly attacked by more than 100 people on Friday 15 January after they confiscated over 300 litres of illegal liquor in the Louterwater area. Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe has strongly condemned the incident.
TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR SELLING ‘LIQUOR CONCOCTIONS’
According to Captain Khaya Tonjeni, SAPS members arrested two suspects aged 30 and 44 for selling illegal liquor concoctions and also confiscated over 300 litres of the illicit brew.
“It is further alleged that while members were about to leave the scene, a group of over 100 people attacked the police with stones inflicting costly damages to [the] police vehicle. Fortunately, no person was injured during the incident. The damages to [the] police vehicle is estimated to be around R50 000,” said Tonjeni.
After the confiscation of liquor and the attack, police called for back-up and successfully arrested a total of nine suspects — five females and four men — for public violence.
“There is a possibility of additional arrests during the course of the weekend,” said Tonjeni.
The nine suspects aged between 18 and 63 are due to appear in the Joubertina Magistrate’s Court on Monday 18 January 2021 on charges of public violence.
“We condemn the attack in the strongest terms, and we will not allow callous and despicable acts of violence against our members while executing their duties. The supremacy of the law and those executing their legal responsibilities must be respected,” said Ntshinga.
MANAGER ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SELLING BOOZE ON THE HIGHWAY
In a separate incident, an Eastern Cape liquor store manager and one other suspect were arrested for allegedly selling alcohol on the highway in the early hours of the morning. The pair were arrested on 13 January for breaking Level 3 lockdown rules and subsequently contravening the Disaster Management Act Regulations.
“On investigation, it was established that indeed there was evidence that liquor was being loaded into private vehicles as early as before 5:00 in the early morning,” said Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana.
“After suspects were approached as part of the investigation, the manager admitted that they indeed sold liquor to unknown persons. Subsequently, a search warrant was obtained and inside the liquor store invoices were found,” added Kinana.
The invoices depicted transactions which were made on different dates from 31 December 2020 to 13 January 2021.