SANDF in Beitbridge, safeguarding the border between SA and Zimbabwe, confiscated two Nissan vehicles transporting illicit Royal Express cigarettes valued around R1 million, as well as a herbal cream worth R4 320. The incident occurred last night when the soldiers were busy patrolling in the vicinity of the border fence and were alerted to two vehicles which were using their lights, in order to go across the border into South Africa where they are going to smuggle illicit cigarettes which were produced in Zimbabwe.
This crime has made some of the individuals in the area very rich because some of the goods get recovered by the Law enforcements, but there is also a good sum of goods which manage to get through the border and are able to be sold in South Africa and the money is allegedly sent back to the masterminds behind these operations.
The vehicles and cigarettes were handed over to Tshamutumbu Police Station, law enforcement are going to conduct the necessary investigations in order to find the perpetrators of these crimes and this is something that has been a concern for members of the public as well as the authorities who have to deal with these criminal activities at the border.
This is something that is of great importance because it is eating away at the economy of the country when criminal activities are being perpetrated at such a large-scale, especially in the security industry where these individuals as having cigarettes which are not being taxed. The government is losing a lot of potential tax income that is gained from the cigarettes industry, they then proceed to smuggle the huge amount of money in profits made from their illicit trade which is very compromising to the economy of South Africa.
The was handed over to Port Health at Beitbridge Port of entry.
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