The police confiscated and impounded ’grey vehicles’ worth more than R3 million during operations in the Northern Cape.
“TAKEDOWN” operations in the Northern Cape yielded enormous successes when “grey vehicles” (foreign-registered vehicles imported into the country without valid documents) worth more than R3 million were confiscated and impounded between September 9 and November 12, according to the police.
During the operation in Kimberley, three suspects were arrested following a high-speed chase.
More than 70 grey vehicles were confiscated in the ZF Mgcawu, John Taolo Gaetsewe and Frances Baard districts during the intelligence-driven operations, dubbed Network RS5, Operation Vulindlela, Network Operation Francina, Network Operation Ditloung and Network Operation Bo Yellow.
Police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana explained that the main focus of the operations was to address and clamp down on the influx of foreign vehicles in the Northern Cape.
He said the vehicles were impounded under Section 88 (1) (a) read with Section 87 of the Customs and Excise Act 91 of 1964.
“A multi-disciplinary law enforcement team composed of provincial Crime Intelligence, the Kimberley Flying Squad, Kimberley Vehicle Crime Investigation unit, the Department of Home Affairs and customs executed the operations,” said Tawana.
“According to intelligence gathered, the owners of grey vehicles imported the vehicles into the Northern Cape Province without valid documents.
“These types of transactions cripple the economy of the country, costing it billions of rand.”
Tawana said that the suspects arrested in Kimberley were driving in a vehicle with Lesotho registration plates and they fled as police tried to pull them over.
“As the police searched the suspects’ vehicle, rounds of ammunition were found hidden in the back seat and on the driver’s side,” said Tawana.
“The suspects were arrested and charged with illegal possession of ammunition.”
Tawana added that more than 40 undocumented foreign nationals were arrested during the operations for contravention of Section 49 (1) (a) of the Immigration Act of 2002.
He concluded by saying that the Northern Cape police management applauded the law enforcement agencies involved in the operations.