Rorisang Kgosana
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23 Jul 2020
5:04 pm

Millions of cigarettes and hundreds of thousands of litres of booze in police custody

Rorisang Kgosana

Since the beginning of the national lockdown, police have confiscated enough cigarettes and booze to keep several parties going for weeks, at the expense of collecting at least R12 billion in tax income.

Photo: @SAPoliceService

The South African Police Service is in possession of more than 24 million cigarette sticks and 700,000 litres of alcohol, seized during the lockdown to enforce regulations banning the sale, distribution and transport of these products. Between 27 March and 8 July this year, 782,607 litres of alcohol and 24.271,307 cigarette sticks were confiscated, says spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili. Explaining the process, she says once police have confiscated the goods, they are then booked into the SAPS13 client service centre before being transferred to the SAPS 13 exhibit clerk register. “All property and exhibits seized entered in the SAPS 13...