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Shebeen Kingpins Selling Beer During Covid-19 Lockdown Fined $10 000


BY COURT REPORTER

TWO notorious shebeen operators in Chinhoyi have been fined $10 000 or 

spend 60 days in prison each for selling alcohol in blatant disregard of 

Covid-19 prevention and containment protocols to curb the spread of the 

pandemic.

Farai Chauke (50), of Magogi shopping centre, and Matilda Joseph (35) of 

Alaska Mine, Tuesday appeared separately before magistrate Sharon Chibindi 

facing two counts each.

They both pleaded guilty and were fined $5 000 for contravening Section 

4 (i)(c) as read with Section 4 of Statutory Instrument (Sl) 200/ 2020 of 

Public Health (Covid-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) Order.

On the second count, Chauke and Joseph were again fined $5 000 for 

violating Section 113 of the Liquor Act (Chapter 14:12) that pertains to 

"selling liquor without a valid licence."

The state case, led by Irene Mapfumo was that on 26 July at around 2pm, 

police officers on patrol went to Magogi shopping centre where they found 

Chauke selling alcohol.

He was asked to produce a valid liquor licence and failed, leading to his 

immediate arrest.

On the same date around 2pm, another team of cops was patrolling at Alaska 

Mine compound and pounced on Mati Bottle Store where they confronted 

Joseph, who also failed to produce a valid alcohol trade certificate and 

she was immediately arrested.

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