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Two cops arrested by the SANDF for escorting tavern owner with liquor

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Two cops stationed at the Pienaar Cop Shop in Mpumalanga were arrested by SANDF members for escorting a tavern owner and his three bakkies loaded with alcohol on Friday (10 April).

They are expected to appear at Kabokweni Magistrates Court on Tuesday (14 April).

According to national police spokesman, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, the members were driving a marked police vehicle when they were stopped. 

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“It was discovered that the two members were escorting three bakkies that were loaded with alcohol,” he said.

He said the alcohol was allegedly transported for an owner of a tavern at Pienaar. “The tavern owner was arrested together with the other two drivers as they are not allowed to be transporting alcohol during this period of the lockdown,” said Naidoo. 

The two police officers were arrested for defeating the ends of justice and using motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. 

Naidoo said both members are detained in police custody until their appearance in court on Tuesday. Meanwhile investigation is continuing.

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