Cops crack down on Mfuleni bootleggers

Mfuleni police have confiscated liquor sold without licence.

Police have arrested three men and a woman and seized several crates of liquor, following a crackdown on illegal alcohol sales in Mfuleni.

According to police spokesman Warrant Officer Norman Filander, a 42-year-old man from the Bosasa housing project was arrested on Monday for selling liquor without a licence.

Last Friday, two men, aged 39 and 49, and a 50-year-old woman were held on the same charges.

Warrant Officer Filander said alcohol abuse was behind much of Mfuleni’s violent crime.

“Alcohol abuse incidents are not just restricted to the street, but in-house also, and are destroying healthy family structures. When some perpetrators are intoxicated, they lack fear from the law and the consequences of their vicious behaviours. Some people even lack concern for their children’s well-being and the negative impact thereof,” he said.

The precinct’s crackdown on illegal alcohol sales had been timed to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.

Mfuleni station commander Brigadier Fana Dlamini said the police had zero-tolerance for the illegal selling of alcohol and drinking in public. He reminded the public that Covid-19 remained a threat and people should take all necessary steps to protect themselves and their families.