Cigarettes, vehicles and wool are included in the latest contraband seizures by soldiers deployed on the border protection tasking Operation Corona.
Fifty-two bags of wool and a stolen bakkie were confiscated by soldiers patrolling the Sterkspruit area of Eastern Cape, about 45 km from the Free State town of Zastron. It, along with other eastern Free State border towns and agricultural areas, has been hit by cross-border crime this year with livestock rustling prevalent. Incidents of kidnapping and assault have also been reported to Free State police.
The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has it the confiscated wool is valued at more than R230 000.
Soldiers patrolling the South Africa/Zimbabwe border in Limpopo took unidentified contraband worth R175 000 from smugglers attempting illegally to enter the country.
Further east on the Botswana border in the Pontdrift area, a perennial smuggler’s favourite – cigarettes – was intercepted by alert soldiers who confiscated tobacco products valued at more than R500 000 and handed it to police and SA Revenue Service (SARS) officials for destruction.