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News: Criminals outsmarted by alert law enforcement members


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

KING WILLIAM’S TOWN – Even the most creative actions of criminals will not outsmart the alertness and efficiency of our law enforcement officers during the monitoring and implementation of the regulations of the Disaster Management Act.

As the demand for banned alcohol and cigarettes is increasingly growing during the COVID-19 prohibitions, criminals will use every trick in the book to evade the law and ply their illegal trade. On Wednesday 15 July 2020, SAPS and SANDF members deployed at Tellebridge Port of Entry were patrolling along R393 between Palmietfontein and Tellebridge POE when they noticed a 50 kg maize bag abandoned next to the road. The members stopped and when they opened the bag, they discovered dagga weighing about 37,5 kg. Not far from the maize meal bag, they also noticed another bag and  upon opening it, they discovered 12 x 750ml of Klipdrift brandy, 3 x 1kg Taxi snuff and 1 x 250g Taxi Snuff inside the bag.

The total estimated street value of all the dagga and alcohol is R59,130-00.

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga commended the alertness and smart actions of the members while ensuring that the Disaster Management Act Regulations are enforced. “It is clear that these goods would have crossed the borders either to South Africa or Lesotho but the owner/s was/were outsmarted by law enforcement officers. We are appealing to the communities to comply with the Disaster Management Act regulations and to work together as a nation in flattening the curve. This corona virus is a silent deadly disease which affects everyone and if, we as a community can act responsibly, the most weakest and vulnerable among us will be protected. In order to ensure that our communities comply with these regulations, we, the SAPS will continue to enforce our efforts to rid of our province and borders of crime and criminal activities,”  said Lt Gen Ntshinga.


Colonel Sibongile Soci
079 525 0464


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