“On Wednesday August 12, the Hawks received a tip-off about a vehicle that was transporting illicit cigarettes. The information was followed up and resulted in the discovery of an illicit cigarettes warehouse in Mokopane town,” he said.
Maluleka said the Hawks seized 42 boxes containing different types of illicit cigarettes, worth more than R700,000.
“Mohamed was subsequently arrested for dealing in illicit cigarettes. While the members were busy counting the boxes, the accused arranged with his business associate to offer a R60,000 gratification in exchange for his freedom. Consequently, a charge of corruption was added,” he said.
“The accused was out on R5,000 bail until he was convicted and sentenced recently.”