The police at the Beitbridge border post arrested two suspects on a charge of smuggling close on R7 million worth of illicit cigarettes into the country. The suspects aged 36 and 44 respectively were arrested at the border post on Monday morning, the 20th of July during routine inspections.

The thousands of boxes of Zimbabwean manufactured Remington Gold cigarettes found hidden inside the tanker.

According to the national police spokesperson, Brig Motlafela Mojapelo, the officers at the border noticed a suspicious looking petrol tanker and stopped the vehicle. Apparently, their suspicion was raised when they noticed the tanker was sealed at the top of the tank.

Upon inspection, the police discovered 523 boxes filled with thousands of cartons of Remington Gold cigarettes hidden in a special compartment inside the tanker. The cigarettes were confiscated and the two suspects, both foreign nationals, arrested. They are set to appear in the Musina Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, Wednesday the 22nd of July.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended the members and all other role players for their alertness and dedication in finding these illicit cigarettes and arresting the suspects.

***Editor’s Notes: The Minister of CoGTA in her defiance of logical arguments against her campaign to rid the world of cigarettes and tobacco products, has successfully turned ordinary citizens into criminals. Police are now obsessed with rooting out these illegal cigarette dealers while other more serious crimes remain unpunished.