Tebogo Msimanga |
Members of the Border Policing arrested three suspects, aged between 57 and 61 as they crossed through the fence from the Kingdom of Eswatini into South Africa, near the Oshoek Border on Saturday, 23 April 2022.
Colonel Donald Mdhluli of Mpumalanga Police said according to the report, the three suspects, two males and one female were driving a white Toyota single cab bakkie where they allegedly entered South Africa through a fence instead of the Port of Entry.
“The said members that were patrolling in the area then spotted them and ordered the driver to stop. Upon searching the bakkie, the members discovered three refuse bags starched with dagga weighing around 22,442 kg’s and to the estimated value of about R94 256-00.”
Mdluli said the suspects were then arrested and charged for dealing in dagga. “Preliminary investigation suggests that the suspects were allegedly trafficking the dagga from the Kingdom of Eswatini into South Africa when their mission was stopped by the police. The said bakkie was also confiscated as police believe that it was used in the commission of the crime”.
The three suspects are expected to appear at the Elukwatini Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 25 April 2022.