Illicit grogg goes down the drain

2015-10-08 06:00


Nyanga Acting Cluster Commander Phumzile Cetyana, Major General Kenneth Mkhize, Major General Thembisile Patekile and Major General Gregory Ross destroyed booze at 35 Squadron in Belhar in Cape Town on Monday. 

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lindile mbontsi

Nyanga Acting Cluster Commander Phumzile Cetyana, Major General Kenneth Mkhize, Major General Thembisile Patekile and Major General Gregory Ross destroyed booze at 35 Squadron in Belhar in Cape Town on Monday. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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About 10 000 litres of liquor that had been confiscated during raids were destroyed by men in blue at 35 Squadron Air Force Base in Cape Town on Monday morning.

Acting provincial police commissioner Major-General Thembisile Patekile said alcohol and substance abuse were the main generators of serious and violent crime in the Western Cape.

“Over the years the police have linked many murders, attempted murders, robberies and sexual offences to the abuse of liquor and drugs. If we intensify our efforts in ridding communities of the scourge of alcohol abuse, we will go a long way in reducing serious crimes,” said Patekile.

“In the Western Cape we have witnessed the mushrooming of illegal liquor outlets at various places.

These are the places our members raid from time to time.

“We have observed unfortunate incidents where children visit shebeens and other illegal outlets and as a result became victims of crime.”

Patekile said the management of the police in the province has undertaken to continue with raids at these outlets as a means of reducing crime.

“We constantly talk to the Western Cape Liquor Board in a bid to ensure that there’s compliance with licence conditions even at licensed premises.

“With the festive season around the corner we promise to visit the liquor outlets even more often. At public spaces where people enjoy themselves, cops will also be visible. The festive season is a period for people to enjoy themselves, but it’s often spoiled by stabbing, shootings and fighting. We will attend to that.”

Meanwhile the final hearing relating to the liquor license of Osi’s Tavern in front of the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) is now scheduled for 16 October 2015 when the tavern’s residential neighbours will be testifying.

These hearings are as a result of the tragic death of eight young women at the Khayelitsha tavern in the early morning hours of 28 June. The youngest was just 15 years old.

Social Justice Coalition spokesman Chumile Sali has reiterated the following demands made to various levels of government over the past year.

“The SAPS, and in particular its Designated Liquor Officers (DLOs), The Western Cape Liquor Authority and the Law Enforcement component from the City of Cape Town need to work cooperatively in order to ensure that tragedies like this are avoided in the future,” he said.

He called on Minister Nhleko needs to immediately reallocate resources, including qualified, competent, skilled and experienced SAPS personnel to the police precincts and FCS units in Khayelitsha and the five police precincts with the highest number of serious contact crimes in the Western Cape

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