Op Corona stops illegal liquor sales also nets drugs, counterfeit cosmetics and medicines


Among eleven recent successes listed by Eastern Cape Joint Tactical HQ for the Operation Corona border protection tasking, one jumps out as being new in a list that normally comprises stolen vehicles, drugs and narcotics, livestock and undocumented persons.

According to Captain PN Mboniswa, during operations between 24 and 28 May, alcohol was “confiscated from a member that has no license to sell alcohol with an estimated value of R16 050”.

The outcome of patrol (foot and mounted) as well as stop and search and other search operations saw an assortment of vehicles seized during week-long operations. This included a Toyota Quantum valued at R300 000 and a Polo valued at R150 000.

Soldiers also confiscated 270kg of dagga worth R13 400, illegal cigarettes worth R15 350, tik worth R4 450, Mandrax worth R350 000, police pepper spray, and expired groceries worth R100 000.

Unbranded cattle to the value of R12 000 were also seized along with 29 sheep, and counterfeit medicine and cosmetics valued at R250 000.

All told soldiers working the Eastern Cape/Lesotho border netted the cash equivalent of over R870 000 in the last week of May.

The following week, soldiers on the South Africa/Mozambique border prevented a Toyota Hilux and Isuzu bakkie from illegally exiting South Africa, with soldiers from the Macadamia base in Mpumalanga adding a third bakkie to the recovery list on 2 June. Their contribution was a stolen Ford Ranger double cab.