SARS employee at Beitbridge border implicated in alleged cigarettes smuggling from Zimbabwe

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South African Revenue Services (SARS) official Freddy Lentsoane is in police custody while his co-accused, Christian Laurens Bezuidenhout 19 and 64 years old Christian Phillipus Bezuidenhout are out on R2,000 bail each.

This is after contraband cigarettes were found in a truck crossing into South Africa.

The 36 years old Sars employee Letsoane stationed at the Beitbridge border post and these two other men were trying to get a truck containing R10m worth of contraband cigarettes to be released by the police.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson said that police were performing patrol duties when they noticed a truck driving at a high speed along the N1 road and tried to stop it but they failed to stop and attempted to flee the scene.

But the truck was later on found abandoned with cigarettes smuggled from Zimbabwe worth estimated amount of R 9,9million.

Police also received a complaint from a tracking company which reported the truck as stolen.

Ngoepe also said that later in the day, Lentsoane arrived at Makhado police station claiming to have been on duty and the truck had been officially cleared at the Beitbridge border.

The other two accused also arrived at the same time claiming they were the owners of the truck.

They were apprehended on the spot, according to Col Ngoepe.

They later on appeared at Tshilwavhusiku magistrate’s court in Polokwane on Tuesday on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

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