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Butterworth trio due in court for selling alcohol

On Saturday, authorities reacted to a community tip-off regarding a local tavern that had been selling alcohol.

R5 million’s worth of alcohol, firearms, and two surveillance cameras were seized when police arrested a Butterworth tavern owner and two of his workers for selling alcohol. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Three men are expected to appear in the Butterworth Magistrate Court, in the Eastern Cape, on Monday after they were found selling liquor at a tavern.

On Saturday, authorities reacted to a community tip-off regarding a local tavern that had been selling alcohol; R5 million’s worth of alcohol, firearms, and two surveillance cameras were seized.

This follows a two week-long observation and probe to gather evidence on the activities of the tavern.

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Police then apprehended the owner of the facility, along with two of his workers for selling alcohol and using so-called black-market prices.

The police's Tembinkosi Kinana said: “The items were confiscated for further investigation.”

Alcohol sales are prohibited under alert level three lockdown, which is in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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