Cops arrested for buying alcohol during lockdown released on bail

As some sections of the South African public continue to protest the total lockdown of alcohol, two police officers arrested earlier this week for buying alcohol during the coronavirus lockdown have been released on R1,000 bail.

It’s understood the pair went to a supermarket in Delft and asked the store manager to open the liquor section.

They bought alcohol worth more than R4,000.

Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said, “Two of our officers in the Strand area went to a supermarket and requested the manager to sell them alcohol but they were seen.”

The supermarket manager and a cashier were also arrested but released on warning.

In a similar development, President Cyril Ramaphosa has until Tuesday to respond to requests by the Gauteng Liquor Forum to relax the total ban on alcohol sales or face court action.

The forum which is comprised bout 20,000 township shebeens and taverns wrote a letter to Ramaphosa at the weekend detailing why they should be permitted to sell alcohol on a limited basis.

The lockdown regulations forbid the sale, public consumption, and transportation of alcoholic beverages.

In a letter to the President, the lawyers representing the forum said since the declaration of the state of disaster on 15 March, their clients’ businesses have suffered extensively.

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