R1 m illegal cigarettes recovered

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Klerksdorp Midweek, Madikwe - North West police busted a man suspected of smuggling illegal cigarettes over the border.

Acting on a tip-off, police arrested a 43-year-old man on Saturday 31 August in Moubana village outside Madikwe for possession of illicit cigarettes. 

According to Col Adele Myburgh, police spokesperson, the police responded after receiving the tip-off about two vehicles, a charcoal BMW and red Golf that were escorting a truck which was suspected to have been hijacked.

“The police spotted the truck on the gravel road leading to Moubana and summoned back-up after realising that the truck was escorted by four vehicles,’’ she said.

When the escort noticed the police they fled, leaving the truck behind.
“We stopped the truck and five men fled into the bush. Upon conducting a search, the police discovered boxes of illicit cigarettes with an estimated value of R1 166 000. The driver was charged for being in possession of illicit cigarettes. He is expected to appear in court soon,’’ Col Myburgh said.  

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of North West, Major General Ryno Naidoo, congratulated the police for their swift reaction that led to the massive recovery.

He said that the success, which is in accordance with the Economic Stimulus Package Operation, will send a clear message that illicit activities will not be tolerated. He thanked members of the community for their cooperation in reporting the incident, which resulted in the arrest.