Cops crack down on car smuggling to Mozambique

2010-11-23 22:08

Durban - National police commissioner General Bheki Cele on Tuesday commended police and the SA National Defence Force for successfully sealing off routes used by hijacking syndicates to smuggle cars into Mozambique.

"The relationship (between SAPS and SANDF) is working well and we have seen a drop in vehicle related crime along this area," said Cele.

The relationship that the police had with Mozambique resulted in the effective fighting of cross-border crimes, he said.

Cele and other top police brass were visiting the Kosi Bay border-line, used to smuggle luxury stolen vehicles into Mozambique between 2000 and 2005.

Most of the vehicles smuggled to Mozambique were stolen in Gauteng, Durban, Empangeni and Kosi Bay.

Cele said he was happy there was a drop in car related crime, saying efforts to combat illegal border crossing was being stepped up.

Cele's spokesperson, Nonkuleko Mbatha, said other senior police managers on Tuesday visited various areas to assess the levels of service delivery in the province.

"Provincial commissioners from the nine provinces are in KwaZulu-Natal to attend a meeting of the National Management Forum," she said.

All areas in the province were covered to get a sense of the levels of policing, she said.

"Cele has identified certain challenges such as lack of accommodation, resources and personnel which will receive immediate attention," she said.

Mbatha said challenges identified during visits would enable management to plan proactively.

"These visits ultimately enable us to assess the levels of service delivery and ensure accountability within the SAPS."

  • duncan - 2010-11-24 04:08

    Oh, the Puss in the Hat knows there's an election coming !! For as long as history existed even young kids could tell you that the left turn to Jozini off the N2 was the route to go. Anytime of the day or night you could watch smart new cars turning there followed by an old jalopy to bring the driver back to JHB. Rocket science ????????

  • Kevin Rack - 2010-11-24 04:32

    ...used to smuggle luxury stolen vehicles into Mozambique between 2000 and 2005. Well done ANC cadres its actually 2010 now so thats along time doing nothing while your mates change their smuggling routes. You should be cringing it took you so long especially when its cadres at the border posts. Ha haha most people get fired for been useless.

  • Davie - 2010-11-24 08:00

    Good Work SAPS, We are definitely seeing a decrease in criminal activities and and increase in arrests. Keep up the good work.

      Barry - 2010-11-24 08:38

      Davie, there might be an increase in arrests but this means nothing as the criminals are back on the streets within days. As for the decrease in crime, I'm sure very few South Africans will agree with you

  • gmck21 - 2010-11-24 11:09

    WOW its taken this long to realise CRIMINALS just drive over into MOZAMBIQUE!! haha we all known bout htis for years..... MAYBE THE ANC EXPECTS CRIMINALS TO USE THE BORDER POSTS HAHAHAHA HOW-WEH-MA!

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