Alcohol-related crimes on the rise in South Africa amidst lockdown

Since the inception of the lockdown in South Africa due to the coronavirus disease, alcohol-related crimes have been on the rise, especially in Western Cape, even as the country banned sales of alcoholic products.

In a recent attack in the region on a truck transporting liquor from Paarl to Table Bay Harbour for exportation, police have arrested some suspects who are due to face criminal charges over their involvement in the theft.

Alcohol-related crimes on the rise in South Africa amidst lockdown

Western Cape police spokesperson, Colonel Andrè Traut said;

“It is alleged that the driver was hijacked by suspects during a mechanical breakdown en route to the harbour.

“The truck and trailer were both later discovered in Mitchells Plain without the cargo.”

A male suspect in his thirties was reportedly arrested on Saturday April 11. Traut said the suspect will be arraigned in court today, Tuesday April 14.

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He added;

“He is being detained on a charge of perjury and is due to make a court appearance on Tuesday in Blue Downs.

“The investigation is still underway and the finer aspects of the case cannot be disclosed at this stage. “

Earlier on Sunday April 12, the police confirmed 21 suspects have been arrested following 16 incidents of alleged looting in the Western Cape since the start of the lockdown.

Police Minister Bheki Cele said in a statement that two police officers were also arrested for allegedly buying alcohol.

Cele said;

“The general crime picture since the Covid-19 lockdown continues to reflect a decrease and such incidents must therefore be intercepted and the perpetrators arrested.

“Our law-abiding citizens must continue to work with law enforcement against criminals as we together can ensure the survival of the human race against Covid-19.”

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