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Shebeen queen arrested, as taverns closed in Amalinda and Cambridge

The Cambridge police have closed down two taverns, kwaAmanda and kwaMasindi in Cambridge and Amalinda respectively yesterday (Tuesday). The businesses were operating without licences, selling alcohol to underage children, closing at the wee hours and had become a hot spot for violence.

Their stock, cash and refrigerators were confiscated as a proceed of illegal trading. A 39-year-old woman, one of the owners, was arrested for trading without a valid liquor license.

On arrival, the police say the mood was so jovial, and the taverns were packed to the brim as if it is the weekend.

“The two notorious taverns were closed during police raids following numerous complaints from members of the public about the noise and crime activities. The informal settlements are made up of a majority of unemployed people. There is a lot of domestic violence and other crimes that occur here. We have closed these outlets a few times, and they mushroom again with new stock,” said Captain Mluleki Mbi.


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