The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has recovered more than R700 000 worth of illicit cigarettes and a stolen Toyota during operations on the borders.
The SANDF said the successes were recorded by 4 Artillery Regiment as it nears the end of its mission in Limpopo in terms of the border safeguarding Operation Corona.
“Whilst out on foot patrol between Echo 6 and Echo 7, members of Charlie Company confiscated illicit cigarettes from suspects who ran back into Zimbabwe once approached by our soldiers,” the SANDF said.
After handing over the illicit cigarettes to the South African Revenue Service (SARS)/Customs at the Beitbridge Port of Entry, the value was then confirmed by the SA Revenue Service to be R728 748.
In another area of responsibility, the members of Alpha Company flagged down a vehicle that looked suspicious, but the vehicle did not stop and instead drove off at high speed towards the Limpopo River, which serves as the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe.
“Our soldiers followed until them close to the Limpopo River where they found the same vehicle that tried to outrun them parked in the bushes on the bank of the river. Members of the SAPS (vehicle theft unit) were called to the scene and upon investigation, it was discovered that the vehicle was stolen.”
The vehicle, a Toyota Hilux Legend 50, is valued at R719 200.