Illegal liquor seller lashes out

2018-07-27 06:00

A SHAYAMOYA man has been illegally selling liquor to the public from his home for almost 15 years and avoiding police raids, by means of a bribe, he claims.

Patrick Mabusela said he has been dodging police officers because as he is not in possession of a liquor licence. He said he has paid a number of fines for selling liquor illegally.

According to Mabusela, he claims that in 2011 he had an agreement with a police officer who promised to obtain a liquor licence for him but the officer wanted R 3 000. Mabusela paid this amount with the hope of getting a licence but the police officer failed to keep to his end of the bargain.

“When I questioned him [officer], he wanted me to give him R 600 every month for my store not to be searched during police raids.

I paid R 600 from 2016 until June 2018 and my store was not searched during operations.”

Mabusela said the police officer would send him text messages during police operations to alert him, however the relationship deteriorated after he failed to make a payment in June.

“After I saw police around my store on July 11, I discovered that the deal between myself and the officer had collapsed and I went straight to Kokstad police station to open a case against him. I want him to pay all the monies I gave him,” he said.

He further claims that there are many illegal liquor stores who have cut the same deal with local police.

Mabusela added that the police officer owes him over R 20 000.

“I want to now apply legally for my licence to sell liquor because is my only source of income,” he said.

The Fever approached SAPS KwaZulu-Natal Media Centre for comment on the matter and was told that the matter is investigated by the Hawks.

No comment had been received from Hawks at the time of going to press.

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