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2022/11/28      |  Written By:  Colonel M Ledwaba   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: 25 November 2022 - Two foreign Nationals were apprehended for being in possession of illicit cigarettes during the Launch of a Safer Festive Season Operations on Thursday 24 November 2022.

The suspects,  who are  female and male, were  driving a silver BMW sedan along the N1 south when they were stopped and searched during Operation that formed part of the Multi-Disciplinary forces which consisted of the SAPS, Traffic Police, Home Affairs Personnel, Community Policing Forums (CPF's) and members of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Remington Gold illicit Cigarettes amounting to over hundred thousands of rands were found fully loaded inside the motor vehicle and the two were  immediately nabbed on the spot. Preliminary Investigations indicated that the suspects were Foreigners from  Zimbabwe and  the   illicit cigarettes were headed for Gauteng Province after being smuggled from Beitbridge Port of Entry.

The suspects will appear before Polokwane Magistrate's court on Monday facing possession and transportation of illicit cigarettes.

Their duties commenced with a parade led  by the Deputy Provincial Commissioner Policing  Major General Jan Scheepers in the early hours at about 05:30 at Shell Ultra City.

During the multidisciplinary  parade, the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe handed over an Operational Plan for the Safer Festive Season Operations to MEC Radzilani as part of the Commitment of the South  African Police Service in the Province that the plan will be  implemented during this period. She further announced the arrest of the suspects involved in the recent business robbery incidents that took place at the Mall of the North in a Retail Store the previous week. "Those suspects have been arrested in KwaZulu-Natal Province and are also linked to a series of crimes committed within that Province and are yet to be  connected to other crimes committed in our Province,".

"We are the only province in the Country that has managed to reduce the rate of carjacking as it was mentioned during the Crime Statistics presentations by Minister of Police and we still have to work hard on that and on other crimes," said Lieutenant General Hadebe. 

Lieutenant General Hadebe indicated that as we approach Festive Season we must protect our communities and also remember to fight crimes against women and children in commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism.

"Recently a 9-year-old child was thrown in a dam of water and another 1 year old baby was raped and killed in Lebowakgomo. We need to identify those suspects involved and apprehend them as early as yesterday in the process of ending the scourge of Gender Based Violence and Femicide," said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The MEC Florence Radzilani assured the Provincial Commissioner full support to the police in the fight against crime. "Our Traffic Police will at all times be in collaboration with the SAPS in their operations during this festive season and beyond, in the fight against crime," she concluded.