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ANOTHER SOLDIER ARRESTED IN RELATION TO CROSS-BORDER VEHICLE SMUGGLING: LIMPOPO
2021/09/16      |  Written By:  Captain M Maluleke   |   Province:  Limpopo

LIMPOPO – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation's continuous sting operation to address the scourge of cross-border crimes in the province has resulted in the arrest of yet another 30-year-old member of the South Africa National Defence Force on 15 September 2021 in Northern Cape.

This brings the total number of SANDF members arrested in relation to cross-border crimes under the project dubbed "Night Vigil" to eight. The first seven which included two (2) Lance Corporals and five (5) privates were arrested in Free State, Northern Cape and North West provinces on 21 June 2021 during a sting operation between the Hawks, National Intervention Unit and SANDF members.

The accused were deployed at the Beitbridge Border Post to defend and protect the territorial integrity of the Republic of South Africa between 2017 and 2019. It is alleged that during their deployment period, they connived with vehicle smuggling syndicates to smuggle stolen vehicles through the Limpopo River in exchange for money. It is further alleged that the suspects would demand R15 000 per vehicle that would be shared among themselves. 

The suspect is expected to appear in the Musina Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 16 September 2021. Meanwhile, the other seven accused are out on R3000 bail each and they will appear again on 25 October 2021.