Zimbabwean national bust with explosives, illicit cigarettes at Beitbridge border post

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Johannesburg – South African Revenue Service (SARS) on Wednesday said customs officers made busts of capped fused explosives, as well as illicit cigarettes, at the Beitbridge border post in Zimbabwe.

Spokesperson Sicelo Mkosi said on July 19, a panel van travelling from Zimbabwe to South Africa was intercepted for a random search.

“Custom officer found 300 units of suspected cables of explosives valued at approximately R75 000 and the driver claimed to not know who the owner was,” Mkosi said.

The South African Police Services and its bomb squad were immediately called to identify the explosives.

A criminal case was opened and a Zimbabwean national and the explosives were handed over to the police. The panel van was detained and placed into the SARS state warehouse.

In a separate incident cartons of Pacific Blue cigarettes totalling 3997 hidden within 40 bags worth approximately R966 915 was recovered on Saturday.

The bags belonged to a Zimbabwean national passenger. He was then arrested.

African News Agency (ANA)