On Sunday evening, criminals helped themselves to alcohol stored at Distell’s plant in Springs, Johannesburg.
It is estimated that the alcohol that was stolen amounts to R1 million in retail value.
Distell is a local company and the makers of Durbanville Hills and Nederburg wines, as well as Amarula, Savanna and Hunter’s Dry.
In a statement, company spokesperson Dennis Matsane said "we are deeply concerned about the increasing reports of criminality surrounding the industry as legal trade has been closed down. We would like to assure South Africa that we are working with government to restore the industry to normalised trade where lives are protected, livelihoods are safeguarded and criminality in all its forms is tackled".
The transporting and selling of alcohol has been banned since the 12th of July in a decision made by Cabinet to curb the spreading of the COVID-19 virus.
The abuse of alcohol has led to hospitals being overcrowded and not having enough space for COVID-19 patients.
Police is investigating the matter.
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