Many have vocalised their annoyance over the reinstated alcohol ban. It seems the irritation has caused a fuss, and some are not willing to comply. An OK Liquor Store was burgled in the early hours of the morning on July 14.

Police are currently investigating the case, however, no arrests have been made.

“Preliminary reports indicate that at 04:35 the owner of a liquor outlet located at Village Centre, in Vryburger Drive, Bothasig, was alerted to the activation of an alarm system by a security company on the premises,” said the SAPS in a Facebook post.

“On arrival he discovered that the security gates in front of the store had been forcibly removed and a window next to the door was broken. A substantial quantity of high-end liquor bottles had been stolen.”

According to the SAPS, a case of burglary at the business premises and theft has been opened by the Bothasig Police.

The incident comes two days after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the alcohol ban is back with immediate effect. He cited the strain on hospitals for his decision.

“There is now clear evidence that the resumption of alcohol sales has resulted in substantial pressure being put on hospitals, including trauma and ICU units, due to motor vehicle accidents, violence and related trauma,” he said.

The newly gazetted regulations regarding alcohol state that: “The sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is prohibited. (2) The transportation of liquor is prohibited, except where the transportation of liquor is – (a) in relation to alcohol required for industries producing hand sanitizers, disinfectants, soap or alcohol for industrial use and household cleaning products; (b) for export purposes; or (c) from manufacturing plants to storage facilities. (3) No special or events liquor licenses may be considered for approval during the duration of the national state of disaster.”

Anyone with information that can assist in expediting the investigation is urged to contact the investigating officer, Sgt Jonathan Kriel during office hours on 021 558 3688 alternatively the Bothasig Detective standby number 079 894 0095.

Information can also be shared on the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or via the MySAPS app. For more information, visit

Picture(s): Facebook/ South African Police Service

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