Alcohol confiscated, owners fined after swoop on illegal taverns

Members of the Eastern Cape Liquor Board and police confiscated hundreds of litres of liquor during a joint raid on Friday.

Police spokesman Sergeant Majola Nkohli said they swooped on five illegal taverns in KwaNobuhle where they confiscated more than 732litres of alcohol valued at about R55 000.

The joint operation was led by the police’s provincial liquor control boss Lieutenant Colonel Nokulunga Nkopo and the liquor board’s Vuyo Mfula.

“The illegal tavern owners were fined for operating illegal taverns and contravening the Eastern Cape Liquor Act. In one licenced tavern in Teya Street, Kwanobuhle, two men aged 29 and 32 were arrested for possession of mandrax and dagga,” Nkohli said.

“The suspects appeared in Kwanobuhle Magistrate’s Court on drugs related charges and their case was postponed for further investigation and the men were released on warning.”

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