Bootleggers pay fines
Liquor smugglers caught
07 June 2020 | Crime
Fourteen persons were arrested and fined for transgressing the Stage 1 Covid-19 rules applicable to Walvis Bay in particular, over the weekend.
The commander for community affairs Ileni Shapumba, confirmed this and said that fines amounting to N$28 000 were paid. “We confiscated liquor valued at thousands of dollars and the transgressors paid fines of N$2 000 each,” Shapumba confirmed.
He said that eleven persons were arrested for trying to smuggle liquor into Walvis Bay from Swakopmund. The arrests were made at the roadblock on the C14 route, which runs behind Dune 7.
“The majority of these individuals were sent by prominent shebeen owners to purchase large quantities of liquor and bring it into Walvis Bay where the sale of alcohol is prohibited due to Stage 1 lockdown conditions. They used a dirt road through the dunes to avoid the road block.”
One of the guilty parties acknowledged that his friends had pooled N$1 800 and asked that he bring alcohol to them.
Shapumba said that another of the arrested individuals used a medical certificate to leave Wavis Bay and returned with a large consignment of liquor.
It would appear that there is a thriving black market for alcohol, with prices that skyrocketed due to the demand and the Covid-19 lockdown.
Beers are reportedly being sold at N$40 a bottle. The price for a bottle of brandy depends on the brand and could cost you anything from N$300 and up.
The abovementioned arrests followed the first illegal liquor bust that was made at the Swakopmund roadblock on Friday. Someone used a courier company to smuggle liquor into the harbour town.
Three individuals were also arrested at Dune 7 for entering the Walvis Bay area illegally.
“They were found partying at Dune 7. These individuals travelled from Windhoek and could not produce the required permits when they were requested to do so. Each was fined N$2 000,” Shapumba said.
He once again called on the community to respect the rule of law and emphasised that the lockdown was put in place to protect community members.