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Beitbridge 'a smugglers' route'

By unknown | May 15, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The Beitbridge border gate between South Africa and Zimbabwe is a major passage for the smuggling of illegal cigarettes and drugs.

This was revealed by a police source working at the border gate yesterday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said officials at the gate were taking bribes ranging between R5000 and R30000, depending on the size and value of the contraband.

A man was arrested by Limpopo police yesterday for smuggling cigarettes worth thousands of rand . The 45-year-old white man was arrested between Vivo and Dendron .

Provincial police spokesperson Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said the man was arrested by police on patrol yesterday morning while driving to Gauteng.

Ramatseba said the cigarettes were from Zimbabwe and were worth R150000.

The man will appear before the Polokwane magistrate's court soon on a charge of smuggling.

Meanwhile, Captain Dennis Adrio said senior police officials were being arrested for receiving bribes every year.

But Adrio said security at the border post was very tight at all times.

He said there were surveillance cameras installed at the border gate.


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