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24 July 2020

Polokwane – The cigarette ban, which has drawn criticism from many circles, has resulted in a price hike on the black market and a surge in criminal activity. A surge in confiscations of these illicit cigarettes has affected the supply and demand, pushing up the price of black-market cigarettes.

Two suspects were arrested at the Beitbridge Border Post on Monday 20 July for allegedly smuggling illicit cigarettes worth R6 million. The pair was nabbed after police found boxes of illicit cigarettes sealed inside a petrol tanker they crossed the border with.  

“A total of 523 boxes containing thousands of cartons of illicit cigarettes were found hidden in a specially made compartment in the tanker,” said Mojapelo, who added that the two suspects have made their first appearance at the Musina Magistrates’ Court. 

Provincial commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo lieutenant general Nneke Ledwaba hailed the arrests. On the other hand, smokers across South Africa have to deal with the price increase.

Boxes containing illicit cigarettes were hidden in a petrol tanker. 

 

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