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South African police arrest Zimbabweans with illegal cigarettes



The South African Police Services have arrested four Zimbabweans after they were found in possession of cigarettes worth R313 000.

Law enforcement has taken decisive action against the illegal tobacco trade, apprehending four Zimbabwean men aged between 25 and 45 in the Modjadjiskloof police jurisdiction.

South African Police charge four Zimbabweans with smuggling cigarettes

The suspects, identified as Kudzai Mungate (40), Eshley Matsorera (45), Oscar Mbazo (25), and Tatenda Samasuku (30), were found in possession of suspected smuggled cigarettes valued at R313,050. Additionally, they face charges related to attempting to bribe the arresting police officers.

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The Modjadjiskloof Magistrate’s Court held a session on Thursday, adjourning the case to January 23 for a formal bail application.

Colonel Malasela Ledwaba, the spokesperson for the Limpopo police, emphasized the force’s commitment to dismantling illegal tobacco syndicates operating within the region.

Police receive tip-offs from anonymous sources.

According to Colonel Ledwaba, the arrest unfolded following a tip about a white Ford Ranger travelling from Kgapane to Tzaneen. In response, a rapid operation was launched along R36 Politsi road.

The police tactically approached and searched the described vehicle, discovering 2087 cartons of illicit cigarettes with an estimated value of R313,050. Subsequently, the suspects were apprehended.

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Other Zimbabweans in South African police custody

Recently, there was a court case against a Zimbabwean man who is being accused of murdering his employer together with her son. He has been in police custody over the festive season.

South Africans also recently launched an operation to stop illegal migrants from Zimbabwe from entering their country through the Limpopo River. For some days, people were at the banks of the Limpopo sending back migrants who were crossing illegally. These cases have fuelled the hate between nationals of South Africa and Zimbabweans.

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