PORT Shepstone police have begun to tackle illegal sales of liquor in an attempt to minimise alcohol-related crime ahead of the festive season.
During the past two weeks, Port Shepstone police have visited liquor outlets and shebeens as part of their festive period operational plan.
Eleven cases were opened for dealing in liquor at unlicensed premises, one of a number of priority activities the police are targeting to prevent and combat contact crimes. These shebeens were closed down in the Boboyi, Murchison and Mkholombe areas. A total of 206 litres of alcohol was confiscated.
A licensed outlet, Talk of the Town in Marburg, was fined R5 000 on four counts of selling liquor on a Sunday.
Colonel William Slabbert and Warrant Officer Dries van Aarde confiscated 726 litres of liquor from the outlet.
Another licensed outlet, Marine Sports Bar and Tavern was fined R1 000 on four counts of allowing liquor to be taken away from the premises. Such premises are licensed only to have liquor consumed on the premises.
Many more operations like this will be carried out before and during the festive period with the aim of preventing assaults, rapes and murders. Most of these crimes are generated by alcohol abuse, says Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid, Communications Officer for the SA Police Force in Port Shepstone.
“The abuse of alcohol is something that has been labelled as a priority by the SAPF and it will be taken very seriously,” says Wiid. “Those who refuse to obey the law will have to face the consequences.”