Police brass throws liqour down sewers

2016-09-22 06:00
 Community Policing Forum’s Andrew Lyon and Lt-Cl Jula disposing of alcohol at the provincial evidence management centre .  PHOTO: Mandla mAhashe

Community Policing Forum’s Andrew Lyon and Lt-Cl Jula disposing of alcohol at the provincial evidence management centre . PHOTO: Mandla mAhashe

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In order to send a clear-cut message to illegal liquor traders, the province’s top police brass sent more than 10 tons of the bitter brew down the drain in Belhar’s 35th Squadron Facility last Thursday.

Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula, along with top cops and CPF members conducted the liquor destruction process that saw whiskey, brandy, vodka, beer and wine disposed at the provincial evidence management centre .

The booze was confiscated during raids at unlicensed liquor outlets in their bid to rid the “major generator” of serious and violent crimes in the province.

Jula had alluded to the officials confiscating more alcohol that they can dispose of per month.

“At present there are 8‚134 liquor outlets operating legally and still 2‚094 illegal liquor outlets operating‚ that have yet to be dealt with.

“We do not have the required space to store the confiscated liquor. This centre was built in the province for that purpose. The individual stations bring the confiscated liquor onto the premises and it’s handed in to the SAPS 13 exhibit register. The liquor is then tagged and stored‚” said Jula.

“We have about 10 one thousand litre bins and for three times a month we pour the liquor down the drain, which equals to about 30 tons every month.

“After the liquor has been poured into the containers‚ we have a company that comes and collects it. It is then taken to a landfill site‚ where it is disposed of, in an environmentally friendly manner‚” he said.

How about recycling the liquor to increase the coffers pf the Saps?

Jula said it would be unlawful as the liquor was illegally possessed, and so any money generated thereof would be the proceeds of crime.

Jula noted that some income was generated from selling the empty bottles, which is then passed on to the state.

Belhar CPF chairperson Andre Lyon congratulated the Saps and said that the disposal was the result of the hard work to rid the community of illegal liquor.

“Liquor has a devastating effect in our community with destructive crime. We have seen rape, murder, violent assault and other contact crimes as a result of substance abuse,” he said.

He also complained of the romanticising of alcohol consumption.

“There are way too many taverns and shebeens in our areas because many people see it as the only source of income. This needs to be addressed along with alcohol advertising, which is targeted at young people, making it cool,” he spewed forth.

He also lashed at members of SAPS who abuse alcohol. “You have police who arrest the man on the street for being drunk, when in fact, they do the same,” he shared.

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