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Theft charges laid against police who confiscated booze from Hennie’s Restaurant

Lobby group AfriForum has laid charges of theft against police officers who allegedly unlawfully confiscated alcohol at Hennie’s Restaurant in Moreleta Park.

Head of the group’s Private Prosecution Unit, Advocate Gerrie Nel, made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday.

“This matter we will not rest on it, we will follow up and we will make sure there are consequences, we will ensure that SAPS investigate.”

Restaurant owner Werner Pretorius and the establishment’s manager Atrayo Nolte detailed how the police alleged that alcohol was served at the restaurant, when in fact it was non-alcoholic drinks served to patrons.

Nel says the police unlawfully confiscated R112 000 worth of alcohol.

“Three police officers entered the restaurant on 22 January, alleging that Nolte was busy serving alcoholic drinks to customers. Nolte assured the officers repeatedly that they had not been serving alcohol.

“He even showed them the invoices that indicated that all served drinks had contained no alcohol. The officers refused to accept the documents, however, or to include these in the dossier.

“They also confiscated liquor in the storeroom to the value of R112 000, most of these still sealed. No arrests were made at the venue. Nolte went with the officers to the Garsfontein police station, where he was arrested for violating the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002,” Nel explained.

He said Nolte was held for eight hours.

“Nolte had to spend eight hours in the holding cells in the company of other prisoners, most of whom didn’t wear masks. The police also demanded that his pregnant wife came to the police station to confirm his home address before being released on bail.”

Nel said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has subsequently dropped the charges against Nolte.

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