A Limpopo police officer was arrested with a consignment of smuggling cigarettes worth hundreds of thousands of rands.
The 41-year-old sergeant was arrested late on the N1 outside Polokwane late Tuesday night.
Brig. Motlafela Mojapelo, Limpopo police spokesman, says the sergeant is attached to the Beit Bridge border post. It’s not clear where he got the cigarettes or where he was going with them.
The sergeant was wearing his police uniform when he was stopped in a blue Toyota Hilux bakkie. The cardboard boxes full of cigarettes were hidden under a canvas at the back of the bakkie. Police seized 20 cartons of contraband cigarettes worth around R350 000.
Limpopo police have seized millions of rands of smuggled cigarettes since the start of the crackdown.
Mojapelo says the sergeant is in custody and will appear in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court soon.
Lt. Genl. Limpopo police chief Nneke Ledwaba warned police officers to be disciplined at all times and to eradicate root and branch corruption.