Police confiscate R480 000 worth of illegal cigarettes in lockdown ops

Police confiscate R480 000 worth of illegal cigarettes in lockdown ops

- The SAPS have conducted a series of roadblocks and stop and searches in Limpopo

- They confiscated R480 000 worth of illegal cigarettes and arrested 6 million people

- South Africans were divided on the success of the operations

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has conducted a series of lockdown operations in the Vhembe District.

Colonel Mukwevho, led SAPS and other law enforcement members in a lockdown sweep in which Covid-19 restrictions were enforced in and around the Musina precinct.

6 people were arrested for being in possession of illegal cigarettes to the value of R480 000.

Police confiscate R480 000 worth of illegal cigarettes in lockdown ops

Police confiscate R480 000 worth of illegal cigarettes. Photo credit: @South African Police Service
Source: Facebook

"SAPS conducts Lockdown operations in the Vhembe District
LIMPOPO - The Station Commander of Musina SAPS, Colonel Mukwevho, led SAPS and other law enforcement members to conduct parallel COVID-19 compliance operations in and around the Musina policing precinct through roadblocks and stop and searches.
Six people were apprehended for possession of illicit cigarettes amounting to R480 000-00."

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Facebook users were divided over the police operations:

Francois Marais:

"Go catch real criminals and let us smoke. You are being used by NCC to screw with our basic human rights."

Corrie Grové:

"Your code of conduct expected of you to refuse an obviously illegal order. So why on earth are you acting against the constitution? Enforcing regulations as if we have a state of emergency while putting on a hat as a police force and not a service. Live up to your code of conduct!"

Bheki E Langa:

"What a shame SA is losing billions in tax revenues and these guys are killing it. I hope the mighty NDZ is seeing how her incompetent is sinking SA to Zimbabwe level."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that internal disciplinary probes have been launched against the South African National Defence Force members who were caught smoking during Andrew Mlangeni's funeral.

Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed that the investigation into allegations of flouting lockdown law during the event is underway:

"The question about Andrew Mlangeni's funeral is under investigation. There are people who have been asked by the police and as the investigation is finalised the docket will be taken to the [National Prosecuting Authority] for a decision."

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that police Minister Bheki Cele is providing South Africa with the latest crime statistics for the past financial year.

Speaking during a media briefing on Friday, Cele noted a 1.4% increase in murders with 21 325 in total reported during this period.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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