A group of SAPS officers have been accused of delivering booze to locals during South Africa’s alcohol ban, which has been in place since the end of December. A viral video has been doing the rounds this week, putting SAPS under increasing pressure to address the concerning footage.
The incident is understood to have taken place over the weekend. A household on a different street position themselves in a bedroom window, to film their nearby neighbours. The occupants of the property in question can be seen taking glass bottles out of the back of a police van, and storing them in the garage.
Those filming this alleged exchange are left dumbfounded, and express their shock during the commentary. The 37-second clip comes to an abrupt end, with the extent and frequency of these visits left unestablished. However, with the rumour mill in overdrive, SAPS are being implored to either come clean – or at least provide a detailed explanation.
Under our latest Level 3 laws, the purchase and sale of liquor remains completely forbidden. No bars, taverns, bottle stores, or wine farms can sell their goods – and the only exception for legal transactions is for exports. Should you have a stash of booze at home, you are at least permitted to drink that – but you may need to make stocks last.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Tuesday that the current regulations will be in place ‘until the peak of COVID-19 infections has passed in South Africa‘. With the numbers still on an upwards curve, it could take a fair while before the alcohol ban is lifted. And not everyone will have their local police force on hand to keep them supplied…