- A 42-year-old Limpopo police officer has been busted after crashing his car into a fence
- His fellow officers discovered the constable was carrying R100 000 worth of illicit cigarettes in his vehicle
- The officer and an accomplice have both been placed under arrest over the incident
A 42-year-old Limpopo police constable evidently thought he would cash in on the flourishing black market trading in illegal cigarettes.
The cop and an accomplice were placed under arrest after being caught in possession of R100 000 in illicit cigarettes.
Commenting on this embarrassing situation, police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo explained that the constable and his 25-year-old partner in crime had been arrested over the weekend next to the R81 in Mooketsi.
The spokesperson revealed that the pair had been busted after crashing into a fence. When police arrived on the scene it was discovered that the pair had 933 cartons of illegal smokes in the vehicle.
The officer was immediately disarmed and arrested, due to appear in the Modjadjiskloof Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for violating the same Disaster Management Act he is meant to uphold.
Briefly.co.za reported that Tax Justice SA founder Yusuf Abramjee had lamented the billions being pumped into the black market due to the ban on tobacco products, adamant that it was lining the pockets of criminals:
“For two months, the lockdown prohibition has allowed crooks in the illicit trade to enrich themselves while the Treasury has been starved of R35 million a day in cigarette excise duties. Those criminal networks have become so entrenched that experts say they will be almost impossible to remove."
Numerous court battles over the prohibition have thus far proved unsuccessful in lifting the ban and it seems as if even some law enforcement officials couldn't resist the temptation to enrich themselves during the Covid-19 crisis.
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