Some shebeen customers in Diepsloot, Joburg are in for a thirsty weekend.
This comes after cops raided illegal shebeens and confiscated booze during Operation Okae Molau yesterday.
Police moved from one street to another in convoys, checking to see if the shebeen owners had the right documents and licences.
Police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele said alcohol was one of the contributors to crimes such as assault, domestic abuse and drunk driving.
He told the People’s Paper seven illegal shebeens were closed down and had their booze confiscated.
“The police also confiscated gambling machines at one of the shebeens.
“Eight more shebeens were closed down in a similar operation in Olievenhoutbosch.”
Makhubele said they arrested 74 people in the areas and impounded six cars, some of which were not roadworthy.
The operation also led to the arrest of 51 illegal immigrants and six people for allegedly dealing in drugs.
A firearm was recovered too.
Gauteng provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela was part of the operation initiated by Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
Makhubele said they went to these specific areas after receiving complaints and embarked on the operation.
According to Makhubele, the operation would not end but would be rotated to different areas of Gauteng.
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