Zimbabwe: Two Held in SA Over U.S. $850 K Smuggled Cigs
01 July 2014
Posted by: Author: All Africa
The South Africa Revenue Service (Sars) on Sunday arrested two truck drivers for allegedly trying to smuggle cigarettes worth about US$850,000 into South Africa and also attempting to bribe tax officials at Beitbridge Border Post.
Sars spokesperson Marika Muller confirmed the arrests saying: "SARS customs team at the Beitbridge Border Post stopped a truck entering South Africa for routine checks."
"Documents presented by the drivers indicated that the truck was empty but, when the truck was opened for a search, the SARS official found boxes of cigarettes concealed behind empty wooden pallets."
"The consignment had 900 Master Cases of Kingdom cigarettes (9 million individual cigarettes) with a total value of over R8.9 million."
"When the concealed cargo was discovered, the drivers of the truck offered the SARS official a bribe of US$1790 if he would disregard the find."
"Both the smuggled cargo and the attempted bribe were both immediately reported to the SAPS who arrested the drivers, and a criminal case of smuggling and bribery has been opened against them."
"It was suspected that the two truck drivers were Zimbabweans although NewZimbabwe.com was unable to confirm this with the police."
This article first appeared on allafrica.com.