Thousands of litres of booze seized at Port Elizabeth harbour

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Thousands of litres of booze seized at Port Elizabeth harbour

Gareth Wilson | 2017-03-23 08:36:04.0

Aerial view of Port Elizabeth with Nelson Mandela Stadium in center.

Image by: ngrund via Google photo

Authorities have revealed that illegally imported liquor and food worth more than R1-million was confiscated during a joint clampdown at the Port Elizabeth harbour in January.

Illegally imported liquor and food worth more than R1-million was confiscated during a joint clampdown at the Port Elizabeth harbour in January‚ authorities have revealed. Officials had kept a tight lid on the bust because various government departments were called in to take part in the investigation.

Thousands of litres of alcohol – including 800 litres of “an alcoholic concoction” – and canned food were confiscated.

Most of the goods were manufactured in Nigeria.

In a similar bust last month‚ drums of Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky worth R2.5-million were found being smuggled from the Port of Ngqura to Saudi Arabia – where it is illegal to produce‚ import or drink alcohol.

Authorities have estimated that the confiscated products were worth more than R1-million‚ although the exact value is unknown.

Yesterday‚ police said the containers had all been destined for Johannesburg.



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