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TAVERN OWNER NABBED FOR ILLEGALLY DEALING IN GOLD AND CONTRAVENTION OF THE DISASTER MANAGEMENT ACT: SELLING LIQOUR DURING LOCKDOWN LEVEL 4: WESTONARIA
2021/07/26      |  Written By:  Sergeant L Lefakane   |   Province:  Gauteng

A 43-year-old tavern owner was yesterday the 22nd of July 2021 arrested for illegal dealing in gold and selling liquor during the lockdown level 4 in Westonaria.

An intelligently driven operation by members of the Johannesburg K9 unit paid off when they pounced on the suspect following information that he is selling and distributing liquor from his premise.

The members were allegedly keeping an observation on the suspect when they spotted a blue and white bakkie with a canopy and a white sedan entering the premise. They waited outside until they notice both vehicles driving out from the yard. They followed the two vehicles up until at Van der bijl street where they alerted the drivers to stop.

Upon investigating the back of the bakkie, the members discovered crates of liquor rapped with a clear plastic. The other vehicle was just escorting the bakkie. The two drivers confirmed that they bought the liquor in Westonaria and took the police to the said address. Upon arrival, the pair aged 43 and 57 years were placed under arrest for contravention of the Disaster Management Act (transporting liquor during lockdown level 4) and arrested the owner for contravention of the Disaster Management Act (selling of liquor during lockdown level 4).

Preliminary investigation around the house and the yard was conducted and the police recovered and confiscated 277 kg of Gold, Gold bearing material, 3x solar panels, KIC double door fridge still rapped, various beverages including expensive whiskeys estimated to over two million rand and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The owner will face the following charges; Contravention of the Disaster Management Act ( selling of liquor during lockdown level 4), dealing in gold, possession of gold bearing material, possession of suspected stolen properties, and contravention of firearm Act after his licensed firearm was found under his bed. He is expected to appear before the Westonaria Magistrates' Court soon. 

The District Commissioner Major General Fred Kekana welcomed the arrest and commended the members for job well done.” This is an excellent job well done, your hard work and selflessness will not go-by unnoticed”, he concluded.