AN UNAMED Zimbabwean man and a Jordanian were arrested after police discovered thousands of cartons of illegal cigarettes in a truck at warehouse premises in Brackenfell, outside Cape Town, Western Cape police said yesterday.
“Last [Wednesday] night members attached to the Western Cape K9 unit responded to information of a safari tour truck that had crossed the Zimbabwean border into SA the previous day and was en-route to the Brackenfell industrial area allegedly transporting illegal goods,” police spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut, said in a statement.
“At approximately 20:30 the members entered a warehouse in Silver Park, Okavango, Brackenfell where they found the truck and two suspects.”
When officers searched the truck, they found a false compartment under the luggage storage area filled with illegal cigarettes.
“A toilet in the warehouse also contained numerous boxes filled with cartons of illegal cigarettes,” Traut said.
“The 4 600 cartons have an estimated value of R1 million.”
The Zimbabwean aged 39, and the Jordanian, 30, who have been living in SA for the past eight years are expected to appear in court soon. Meanwhile another home affairs official has been arrested for selling IDs to foreign nationals
The home affairs official was arrested in Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday for allegedly selling identity books to foreign nationals, the department said.
Home Affairs spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete said the official was arrested in a sting operation after the department had been tipped off about his operation.
“He was even delivering the documents,” said Tshwete. “He was nabbed with a foreign national.”
Tshwete said it was not clear how many identity documents had been delivered by the official.
Police spokesman Major Thulane Zwane confirmed the official’s arrest, and said that the accused is a 46-year old man.
Zwane said that the official’s activities came to light after a 27-year old Swazi woman , who worked in an Eshowe barber shop, was arrested earlier in the month.
“She had a Swaziland passport and an RSA identity document with different names,” said Zwane.
“According to Home Affairs, the RSA identification document was fraudulent and she was charged.”
Zwane reported that the woman had already appeared twice in court and had pleaded guilty to being in the country illegally and of being in possession of a fraudulently obtained identity document.
The home affairs official is expected to appear in the Eshowe Magistrate’s court on Monday on a charge of fraud. – ANA