Illegal shebeens hit hard in raids

2016-01-14 06:00
 Officials Sergeant Nceba Mdinga, Captain Stephen McEvoy and Siphon Ndongeni with the confiscated liquor at the Nyanga Police Station.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Officials Sergeant Nceba Mdinga, Captain Stephen McEvoy and Siphon Ndongeni with the confiscated liquor at the Nyanga Police Station. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The Nyanga Policing Cluster has sent a strong message following massive operations targeting unlicensed shebeens in the area.

On Tuesday, a 60 member strong team of officials visited five troublesome shebeens in the Browns Farm, Cossovo and Samora Machel areas.

The operation was led by the acting cluster commander of Nyanga, Brigadier Phumzile Cetyana together with the management of the six cluster stations as well as Law Enforcement.

Cetyana said that the operation was a success following the arrest of five people for illegally trading in alcohol and the confiscation of 381 litres of liquor.

“It was a first of a kind of operation where were conducted visits and vehicle searches in the middle of the day on a Tuesday. We have managed to catch them off guard and they had no chance of getting away,” said Cetyana.

He said that they had decided to conduct the operation during the day as opposed to the early hours of the morning as used to.

“We want to send a strong message that the selling of illegal substances will not be tolerated. This is part of our plan to alleviate violent crime in the cluster as many incident take place in the weekends when many of the victims and perpetrators,” said Cetyana.

One of the most troublesome tarven is Mathuba’s Tavern in Lusaka which is notorious for having revellers boozing until dawn in Klipfontein Road.

Nyanga police station commander Brigadier Vuyisile Ncath has called on the community to assist police after boozers from the same tarven are resorting to attacking police when they conduct operations at the tarven.

“On Saturday there were 17 vehicles of passersby that were damaged when the patrons of that establishment attacked the police. The hurled stones at our members and we believe that this is a way of deterring our members from doing their job,” said Ncatha.

He called on the community and leaders to address the behaviour.

He said that they weren’t deterred by the actions and they will continue targeting unlicensed shebeen.

“They are a big contributor to violent crime in this area and we will continue to enforce the law,” warned Ncatha.

Five people were arrested yesterday while police conducted shebeen operations and vehicle control points in the Nyanga Policing Precinct. The operation was led

by the Acting Cluster Commander of Nyanga, Brig Cetyana together with the management of the six cluster stations as well as Law Enforcement. The operations were

conducted in Browns Farm, Cossovo and Samora Machel.

Five people were arrested for dealing in liquor,381.12 litres of liquor confiscated and seven hundred various pamphlets were distributed.

The Cluster Commander said his cluster will continue conducting these operations in all the six cluster stations.

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