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SA police intercept omalayitsha smuggling vehicle


POLICE in Limpopo province, South Africa, have arrested four men suspected to be omalayitsha, who wrapped a stolen car in snacks packaging material as they transported it northwards for possible smuggling into Zimbabwe.

By own correspondent

South African police intercepted and arrested four men, suspected to be omalayitsha who had wrapped a stolen Ford Ranger twin cab truck in snacks packaging material as they transported it northwards for possible smuggling into Zimbabwe (See story on Page 7)

The four were cornered in Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo province, some 200km south of the Beitbridge Border Post.

Limpopo province police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said they were still investigating the matter.

“We will come back to you; we are still gathering facts,” Ngoepe told a journalists’ platform gleaned by the Southern Eye.

But another police officer on the Limpopo Police Media platform posted an image of the vehicle, a Ford Ranger twin cab partially wrapped in bags used in snacks packaging.

Police appear in the images ransacking the trailer on which the car was being carried.

Omalayitsha have of late been on the prowl at the Beitbridge Border Post, where they are evading duty and dropping their goods at unofficial crossing points for smuggling into Zimbabwe.

In a related development, South African Police Services Crack Unit, The Hawks, have led other units in the recovery of a Malawi-bound stolen car.

“The Hawks and Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit have arrested three suspects aged between 29 and 39 along N1 Road near Baobab Tollgate in Makhado area on Tuesday August 14, 2018 for possession of a suspected stolen vehicle,” Ngoepe said.

“Police received intelligence information about the car, a Toyota Fortuner that was en-route from Gauteng to Malawi through Zimbabwe. The vehicle was spotted, stopped, tested and it was found to have been reported stolen in Gauteng,” he said.

The suspects are expected to appear in a Louis Trichardt Court.

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