Almost 500 cases of quarts confiscated by police

A business owner is facing numerous fines for contravening the South African Liquor Act and copyright laws.

On September 14 a Gauteng SAPS Firearms Liquor and Second Hand Goods Control (Flash) task team confiscated his music equipment and liquor from the business in Kempton Park West.

The confiscated items were taken to Sebenza Police Station.

Spokesperson for the police station Sgt Sharon Tsotsotso said the man’s liquor licence only allows him to have 60 quart cases of beer per week.

Spokesperson for the police station Sgt Sharon Tsotsotso next to a load of confiscated liquor.

When the task team visited the business they found 497 quart cases of beer, spirits, ciders, wine and other alcohol.

Tsotsotso said the man was only allowed to sell beer.

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“We received complaints about the business owner in the past, despite our warnings he continued to be non-compliant,” said Tsotsotso.

She said the provincial task team was called to assist.

A bakkie load of some of the confiscated liquor.

“During their investigation, police discovered the suspect had also been copying music and playing it illegally,” said Tsotsotso.

“For every song played illegally, the suspect will be fined R5 000.”

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She said the owner contravened the Copyright Act as he needed to have permission from the South African Music Performance Rights Association and The Southern African Music Rights Organisation.

In addition to the fines, an inquiry into the authenticity of the suspect’s liquor licence has been opened.

Police officers unload the confiscated liquor on September 14.

Tsotsotso said if the licence is fraudulent the suspect could face jail time.

“The confiscated liquor will be destroyed and poured down the drain,” said Tsotsotso.

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She urged community members to obey the liquor act and the rules of their licences.

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