Police in Limpopo have arrested a fellow police officer for being in possession of illegal cigarettes - smuggled in from Zimbabwe.
The 46-year-old police inspector, attached to the Thohoyandou organised crime unit, was arrested in Nancefield, Musina, after a high-speed chase with his colleagues.
The arrest came after a tip-off from members of the community that the police officer was "transporting illegal cigarettes" in his state vehicle.
When the suspect realised he was being followed he allegedly sped off in an attempt to escape but crashed his vehicle.
"The inspector lost control of his car and hit a school fence in Nancefield," said Limpopo police spokesman Mohale Ramatseba.
The police officer, together with his 36-year-old accomplice, was arrested on the spot.
The two arrested men would soon appear before the Musina magistrate's court, Ramatseba said.
Police said they searched the vehicle and found 54 cartons of illegal Zimbabwe cigarettes in the crashed vehicle.
The confiscated cigarettes were valued at about R4000.
"The inspector had R4000 in cash when he was arrested, while his accomplice had another R2500. We believe the money was accrued from the sales of cigarettes and will be used as evidence in court," Ramatseba said.
He condemned the alleged criminal act by police and said the police must be seen by communities to be combating crime, not committing it.