A joint operation between the police detectives from Montagu, Bonnievale and Worcester in the Western Cape has led to the arrest of seven police officers for allegedly obtaining liquor in contravention of the COVID-19 regulations.
The police officials who live in Bonnievale allegedly faked a complaint of a burglar alarm and a housebreaking at a liquor premises in Bonnievale.
They have been detained at the police station in Montagu and will appear in the Swellendam Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. They also face a charge of defeating the ends of justice.
Meanwhile, there have been calls for the lifting of the ban on alcohol sale and consumption.
The Gauteng Liquor Board to government to change the regulations on the sale of alcohol.
The organisation says the lockdown regulations breach their member’s constitutional right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely. It says since the announcement on the total ban on the sale of alcohol their clients’ businesses have been negatively affected.
There is a court case coming up this week, which will seek to compel president Cyril Ramaphosa to allow the selling of alcohol in the country during the lockdown.
Police Minister Bheki Cele says South Africans must continue to adhere to lockdown regulations.
In the video below, Bheki Cele warns against the sale of alcohol:
Below are some amended regulations: