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WC Liquor Traders Association asks sellers to stop alcohol sales during lockdown

Under the lockdown regulations, the sale of alcohol is prohibited – yet it’s still being sold in parts of Cape Town.

FILE: Confiscated alcohol. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape Liquor Traders Organisation is appealing to traders to stop selling liquor during the lockdown.

Under the lockdown regulations, the sale of alcohol is prohibited – yet it’s still being sold in parts of Cape Town.

Legal traders have also raised concerns as they are adhering to the government's call on the sale of liquor.

The organisation’s secretary Lefa Mapilo said they have informed all their structures not to sell before the lockdown but has received information that people are still not adhering to the regulations.

“We do understand that there are people selling liquor, but we will never know because these things happen under the carpet.”

Mapilo adds that they have found out that some people are not even traders who are selling alcohol.

“What we are hearing and also finding out is that some people are not even traders. Some people overstocked because the last two weeks before the lockdown there were specials everywhere, so people were just grabbing. So, some people kept that stock and because of the demand, people are trying their luck.”

LANGA LIQUOR LOOTERS ARRESTED

Two people have been arrested for looting a liquor store in Langa at the weekend.

Liquor was stolen from the store, which is attached to Shoprite, on Sunday.

A woman was arrested shortly after the incident and a man was taken into custody later on Sunday night.

At the same time, it's understood another bottle store was robbed in Goodwood last week and a video is being shared of people looting a shop in Avonwood in Elsies River.

The video shows people clambering over pallets to get through the doors of the Tops store in Avonwood. It's not clear how they broke in.

People at the compromised entrance then start lobbing various items to those who had rushed to the commotion.

Some get away with expensive bottles on liquor, while others grab six packs and beers.

The video has not been verified.

Liquor sales of any nature are banned during the 21-day national lockdown, which ends on 16 April.

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