Cigarette 'pirate' in court
Mahikeng - The case against a North West man accused of trading in contraband cigarettes was postponed by the Klerksdorp Commercial Crime Court on Wednesday, police said.
George De Sousa Karaim Peira Vaz, 52, would remain in custody until his next court appearance on February 14, said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.
Vaz was arrested on Monday when the Hawks responded to a tip-off about cigarettes being stored at a supermarket he owned in Stilfontein.
At the time, Ngubane said the cigarettes were not one of the brands allowed for sale in South Africa.
As such, no tax had been paid on them and they were not approved by the SA Bureau of Standards.