Two suspects aged 25 and 26 years old were arrested following a raid on Mangazini Reserve in Folweni on Wednesday, 11 September, when police seized counterfeit liquor from the premises.

The crackdown came after the uMlazi Cluster Task Team, together with the K9 Unit acted on intelligence regarding the manufacture of counterfeit liquor at Mangazini Reserve. “The team proceeded to an identified premises where they found two suspects in the process of manufacturing fake branded vodka and a total of 168 bottles of counterfeit liquor as well as 170 bottle caps suspected to be stolen. The total value of the recovered liquor is estimated at R15,000,” said KwaZulu-Natal provincial spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane.

The two suspects appeared at the Nsimbini Magistrate’s Court on 12 September, facing charges for possession of counterfeit liquor; contravention of Merchandise Act; theft; fraud and tax evasion. “These operations are still ongoing to curb the manufacture and sale of counterfeit liquor. Fake alcohol is known to have a serious adverse impact on the health of users and can also lead to chronic diseases and sometimes even death,” he said.

Zwane appealed to the public not to buy counterfeit liquor and to report to the police those who peddle such “dangerous concoctions”.