Two of five men arrested for allegedly smuggling R3,6 million worth of illegal cigarettes into Mpumalanga were granted bail in the Badplaas magistrate's court yesterday.
Police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi said Ebrahim Lembada from Mozambique and Mohammed Patel were given bail of R15000 each.
The three other accused - Muzi Mndvoti and Zakhele Gamede from Swaziland, and Egilio Varela from Mozambique - were remanded in custody.
The men were arrested on Monday in Badplaas shortly after they drove a 14-ton truck allegedly filled with cigarettes past the Mahamba border post.
"The horse-and-trailer truck that normally transports coal was escorted by a car and was spotted by the Ermelo flying squad," Hlathi said.
According to police the driver of the truck was instructed to stop but he drove on.
"The police fired warning shots and eventually called for back-up when the truck failed to stop," said Hlathi.
The truck came to a stop after its front tyre was punctured by a bullet.
"The men tried to bribe the police with R50000," Hlathi said.
The case was postponed to February 8. - Sapa