The South African National Defence Force says soldiers have confiscated illicit cigarettes and dagga along the South Africa and Zimbabwe border.
THE SOUTH African National Defence Force (SANDF) says soldiers have confiscated illicit cigarettes and dagga along the South Africa and Zimbabwe border.
In a statement on Wednesday, Captain Moses Semono said the goods were confiscated by soldiers from 4 Artillery Regiment.
Semono noted that the border was “busy” from Swartwater through Pontdrift, Musina up to Madimbo.
“The total value of all the confiscations was R1,477,228,” said Semono.
“Soldiers arrested one suspect, who was handed over to the South African Police Service at Grobler’s Bridge Port of Entry.”
He added that in Swartwater, soldiers confiscated dagga with an estimated street value of R33,750.
Semono said that in Pontdrift soldiers confiscated illicit cigarettes valued at R374,719, while at Dongola Ranch R267,789.00 worth of illicit cigarettes were confiscated.
Other seizures included:
– R613,962 worth of illicit cigarettes were confiscated at the weighbridge in Musina;
– R26,430 worth of illicit cigarettes were confiscated at Male Village; and
– R160,578 worth of illicit cigarettes were confiscated at Neltox Farm in the Madimbo area.
“In all incidents where cigarettes were confiscated, there were no arrests made,” Semono said.
Last week, the DFA reported that the SANDF recovered six stolen top-of-the-range Toyota vehicles before they were smuggled into Mozambique.
The SANDF said soldiers from 7 SA Infantry Battalion, who are currently deployed on the South Africa/Mozambique border, recovered the vehicles before they could be smuggled over the border while conducting routine patrols last week.