The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) intercepted a truck transporting illegal goods from Mozambique last week. The seized goods included skin lightening creams worth millions of rand.
SANDF FINDS ILLICIT GOODS IN TRUCK
Captain A Tamela said seven Infantry Batallion soldiers pulled off the operation in the Mpumalanga area on Wednesday, 8 December.
The soldiers received a tip-off about the truck from Mozambique and intercepted it along the N4 highway in the Komatipoort area.
“On further inspection of the goods, it was established that the truck was loaded with bran on both sides but had boxes of skin-lightening creams in the middle of the load,” said Captain Tamela of the Joint Tactical Headquarters in Mpumalanga.
SANDF diverted the truck to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) warehouse in Komatipoort and the skin lightening creams were offloaded and handed to the customs authority.
The estimated value of the goods, which included 291 boxes of Betasol, 15 boxes of Diproson, 36 boxes of Epiderm Lotion and five boxes of Carolight, is R14 235 600.
In an unrelated incident, a joint operation between SANDF and the Detective Dog Unit from SARS Customs led to the confiscation of illicit cigarettes at the Beitbridge Port of Entry.
The illicit cigarettes, worth an estimated R617 628, were handed to SARS.