South African Police Service (SAPS), working together with the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) and National Traffic last Friday intercepted R1.5 million worthy of cigarettes contraband made in Zimbabwe that was being smuggled into that country.
South Africa does not allow the selling of cigarettes and alcohol since the imposition of the coronavirus-induced lockdown in March.
Limpopo provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo announced in a statement that the operation that was conducted following a tip-off and intercepted three vehicles ferrying the contraband and one suspected stolen car. He said:
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A Mazda sedan, a Nissan panel van, a Toyota Quantum and a Chrysler SUV were stopped at different intervals.
The vehicles were caught following car chases after suspects but all suspects escaped hence no arrests were made.
These reports come amid allegations that some South Africans are jumping the border into Zimbabwe to buy alcohol.