PORT ELIZABETH – Joint operations held between the SAPS and the traffic authorities led to the arrest of a 40-year-old truck driver in Kinklebos on Thursday morning.
It is alleged that at about 11h00, SAPS Kinklebos members and the traffic officials were at the Kinklebos traffic weighbridge when they stopped a truck and a silver WW Caravelle. On searching both vehicles more than 5000 litres of alcohol in 417 cases (12 × 1-litre bottles) were found.
The 40-year-old truck driver admitted ownership of the alcohol and was arrested and charged under the regulations of the Disaster Management Act, for the illegal transporting of liquor during the lockdown and prohibited period. The estimated value of the alcohol is R62 550.
The suspect is expected to appear before the Alexandria Magistrates Court on Friday 31 July 2020.
Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile applauded the arrest and added that “Our community, as well as businesses, must respect and adhere to the limitations and prohibitions as set out in the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act 57 of 2002). The South African Police Service will continue to enforce the law and arrest those who blatantly disregard the law,” added Maj Gen Patekile.