R1.9m load of beer lands Durban truck driver behind bars

A truck driver was arrested in Durban on January 8 2021 for allegedly violating lockdown regulations by transporting beer worth R1.9m.
A truck driver was arrested in Durban on January 8 2021 for allegedly violating lockdown regulations by transporting beer worth R1.9m.
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A truck driver was arrested in Durban on Friday for transporting imported beer worth R1.9m in violation of lockdown regulations.

The man allegedly loaded 1,890 cases of beer at a depot in Sydney Road and planned to transport them to Johannesburg, said Ravi Pillay, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs.

Pillay commended the police, saying they intercepted the truck on the freeway as part of an intelligence-driven operation.

“The truck was escorted to the Umbilo police station in Glenwood where the driver was charged with the illegal transportation of alcohol,” Pillay said on Saturday.

“From the information that we have received from the police, it would appear that this was a blatant violation of the country’s adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations.

“The regulations are clear on the sale, dispensing and transportation of alcohol during this period. The law must therefore take its course.”

Pillay said the regulations permitted the transportation of liquor under specific circumstances but the driver could not produce a permit.

“We are dealing with a very dangerous pandemic that is rising at an alarming rate. Alcohol has been identified as the key contributor to the spread of this virus and therefore any illegal sale of alcohol would likely contribute directly to the spread of infections,” said the MEC.

“We cannot allow this to happen and we therefore commend the good work of the SAPS.”

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