‘Give it back’: Mpumalanga man calls for return of confiscated beer stash

The 50-year-old said that he was not trying to sell the booze, but rather had tried to hide it from his children by burying it in his garden.

‘Give it back’: Mpumalanga man calls for return of confiscated beer stash

When Mpumalanga police swooped on the home of 50-year-old Fana Nkosi, the Piet Retief resident didn’t think he had anything to hide from them. 

The stash of beer he had buried in his garden, he said, was hidden from his children. 

That didn’t stop police from seizing the supply in April, and accusing Nkosi of trying to sell alcohol during the nationwide lockdown. Now, Nkosi wants his beer back, and is accusing the police of excessive force. 

‘Return my beer’ 

Nkosi said that he had hidden the beer to ensure that his long-fingered children didn’t get their hands on it.

“The police asked me why is the liquor hidden in the garden, then I told them that I was hiding it from my children because they are also drinking alcohol. This was because at some point I noticed that some beers were missing. Then I thought that let me then hide it like we use to do in the olden days.”

He said police should return his alcohol because the case was not taken to court.

“I didn’t want to keep the alcohol in the house because it was going to be my fault if the children were to be found drunk.  And my children didn’t know the alcohol was hidden in the garden.” 

“They were surprised when the police took it out of the garden. Now, I am requesting them to return it because I can’t fall asleep without drinking alcohol. The court ordered that I should get my bail refund and get my beer back,” he said.

He additionally charged that one of the officers had assaulted his son while confiscating the beer.

Investigation underway  

Mpumalanga Police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said that the case is indeed being investigated, offering little hope of Nkosi getting his beer back. 

 “There is a case that we have opened against the old man. The case did not sit at court because now we were directed to go and take further statements. This is what we’re busy doing currently and regarding the case which has been opened against one of our own, that case is receiving the necessary attention,” he said.

He confirmed that an investigation is underway regarding the allegations of excessive force.

“We have informed the relevant authority of the IPID. We are still awaiting for them to come so that they can take the docket. However, we’re not folding arms, we continue with our investigation on this matter,” Hlathi said.

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Proposed ban on cooked food distribution could threaten relief efforts

Draft regulations before the Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu propose the banning of cooked food distribution by NGOs.

Proposed ban on cooked food distribution could threaten relief efforts

Western Cape Provincial Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez has indicated with great concern, the possible banning of cooked food distribution by NGOs. 


Fernandez said the proposed regulation, which states NGOs must apply for a permit, could affect food security and relief measures. 

“I have become aware that new draft regulations currently before the National Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, propose the banning of cooked food distribution by NGOs, and will require all NGOs to apply for permits if they wish to distribute any form of food aid,” said Fernandez. 

“This is deeply concerning. It will make it extremely difficult for private donors, non-governmental organisations and civil society to distribute food relief to people most in need,” she added. 


Fernandez, in a statement, said the proposed ban would no-doubt threaten the food security of the most vulnerable people in the Western Cape province and indeed the entire country and exacerbate the humanitarian crisis brought on by the hard lockdown.

Fernandez has urgently written to Zulu and urged her to reject the proposed directives. The following reasons were listed: 

  • Banning cooked food provision by NGOs will shut down neighbourhood level feeding schemes which are keeping people from starving at this stage, while the capacity of the state and NGO sector to deliver food parcels door to door is limited and will never be able to reach the numbers of people currently being assisted with cooked food;
  • Many people do not have cooking equipment, electricity and/or fuel, and rely on cooked food as they are unable to cook for themselves;
  • Prohibiting cooked food provision by NGOs would be in direct contrast to the current level 4 provisions for the sale of cooked food by fast-food providers. As such, it would unfairly discriminate against the poor;
  • The requirement that provincial departments of Social Development give permits to all NGOs that wish to provide food aid would be impossible to implement, since there are tens of thousands of organisations and private individuals in neighbourhoods in every province of this country, and provincial departments do not have the capacity to issue permits to every one of these organisations and individuals or to coordinate them as contemplated in the draft directives;
  • There is currently no indication that the provision of food aid by the NGO sector is increasing the spread of COVID-19; and
  • The South African Police Services (SAPS) does not have the capacity to be involved in every food relief operation in the province, no matter how large or small, as required by the draft directions, and their capacity would be massively stretched arresting and shutting down small soup kitchens in every community in the country for providing cooked food to starving people. 

Fernandez is urging Zulu to reconsider the draft directions on the banning of cooked food. 

“They simply cannot go ahead. I also request the need for far greater consultation amongst all spheres of government and civil society when making decisions that have such a significant impact on the wellbeing and livelihood of the people we are here to serve,” said Fernandez. 

“The draft directions will do little to limit COVID-19 transmission and will only negatively impact on the lives of our most vulnerable people,” she added. 

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