Western Cape police would not confirm on Thursday (22/05/2014) that 31 people arrested in an Oudtshoorn shebeen were soldiers.
“This office can confirm the arrest of 31 people at an unlicensed liquor premises in Oudtshoorn on Friday… during a search operation,” Lt-Col Andre Traut said.
“The employment status of the arrested people, who were released on an admission of guilt fine, cannot be disclosed or verified.”
The Star earlier reported that a military general resorted to intimidation to get arrested soldiers out of police custody.
The general reportedly went to the police station in Bongolethu, Oudtshoorn, but when officers refused to release the soldiers he allegedly called the base and about 120 armed troops arrived.
Police locked the door and armed themselves, according to the report.
There was no shooting and the soldiers were released.
Traut on Thursday could not confirm this.
“We can further confirm that SAPS [SA police Service] are investigating a case of intimidation against three individuals whose employment can also not be verified,” he said. – Sapa