KZN police find 20 cases of fake alcohol labelled as ‘Smirnoff Vodka’

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The South African Police Service (Saps) Tactical Response Team from Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal received information that a homestead in Dududu was making fake alcohol. 

As police arrived, however, the suspects spotted the vehicles and fled the scene. 

CASES OF FAKE ALCOHOL LABELLED AS SMIRNOFF VODKA 

According to Police Spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, officers found 20 cases of sealed fake alcohol labelled as “Smirnoff Vodka” and hundreds of empty bottles that were about to be filled. 

“There were also two drums of alcohol on the scene,” said Naidoo. 

“We are appealing to anyone who may have purchased this concoction to refrain from drinking it as it may be toxic or fatal,” warned Naidoo. 

Police are appealing to anyone who may have any information on the whereabouts of the suspects that were brewing this concoction to call on 086-001-0111. Information may also be communicated via the MySAPSApp. All information will be treated with strictest confidence and callers may remain anonymous. 

Image via: Saps
Image via: Saps
Image via: Saps

HOMEMADE LIQUOR COULD PROVE FATAL 

Police in Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape was recently investigating the death of a man and a woman after they allegedly consumed homemade beer. Police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba confirmed the incident on Tuesday 5 May. 

According to Ramatseba, the woman was already found dead, while the man was writhing in pain after allegedly consuming the homemade alcohol.

“It is alleged that a 42-year-old woman was found dead in a flat and a 54-year-old man was found writhing with pain yesterday [2 May]. The man was rushed to the local hospital where he later died,” said Ramatseba. 

“[An] inquest docket has been opened to determine the cause of their death. Two empty bottles of homemade brew have been seized for forensic tests,” he added. 

The couple were identified as Alyda Fouche Tony Edward Hilliar. 

According to alcoholrehab.com, inexperienced brewers are at risk of unknowingly using harmful ingredients in their homebrews. 

“Such harmful ingredients can be lethal or cause blindness to those that drink them. In Kenya, there have been reported deaths related to the lead poisoning of drinkers of the locally brewed changaa, whose name incidentally translates as kill me quick. Makers of this beverage and other homemade alcoholic drinks around the world often add high-octane fuel or other chemicals to the mix to increase their euphoric effects,” it said. 

“These ingredients, however, can cause death or irreparable damage to the drinker’s vital organs. Another killer, wood alcohol, also known as methanol, can be highly toxic, causing death or blindness through damage to the optic nerve among drinkers,” it added. 

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