Army seizes R5.2 million in contraband goods

2014-10-08 08:42

The army has confiscated contraband goods with an estimated street value of R5.2 million in Limpopo and Mpumalanga in September.

The main items were cigarettes, clothing and fake branded running shoes, the South African National Defence Force spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Piet Paxton, said yesterday.

About 22 270 cartons of illegal cigarettes were confiscated as well as 2 507 pairs of running shoes. Dagga with an estimated street value of about R638 000 was also seized.

“About 1 400 undocumented people, [who did] not make use of the registered ports of entry, were apprehended and handed over to the department of home affairs,” Paxton said.

Six stolen vehicles and 64 people were arrested and handed over to the South African Police Service.

The defence force deployed about 2 500 soldiers in a border safeguarding role along the land borders in seven of the nine provinces of South Africa.

Except for the Western Cape and Gauteng, regular as well as reserve force members conducted border safeguarding operations on a 24-hour basis in all the other provinces.

The operations were focused on all forms of border violations to and from South Africa’s neighbouring countries, Paxton said.

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