Police return confiscated booze to Imbali pub

2012-06-15 00:00

THE booze is back.

Alcohol seized from the popular Imbali pub and restaurant, 033 Lifestyle, was returned yesterday after being confiscated eight months ago when police alleged it did not have an operating licence.

Police raided the pub on October 21 last year and seized alcohol valued at R95 000.

Co-owner Malusi Ntshangase and an employee, Mhlengi Ndawonde, were arrested and charged with operating without a licence. They appeared in court. Ntshangase was later acquitted and the case against Ndawonde was withdrawn.

Yesterday, after police released the liquor to them, they loaded it on to three bakkies and offloaded it at the pub.

Said co-owner Bongani Mhlongo: “We understand that this affected our business and customers, but now we are celebrating the second birthday of 033. They need to be with us during these celebrations.

“We are happy that at the end our goods came back to us as we told the police at the time that we have a licence. The technicalities regarding our licence are that we are operating with a Zone 3 pub and restaurant licence while we trade as 033.”

Mhlongo said the pub had never violated the terms of its licence.

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