The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) in Limpopo has arrested eight people in connection with possession of illegal cigarettes worth R1,8 million as well as a bank employee for allegedly stealing R2 million in separate cases this week.
Hawks Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said the bank employee responsible for loading money into automatic teller machines (ATM) was arrested in Groblersdal. “It is alleged that the suspect would only load half of the cash in the ATM and keep the rest for himself, replacing the other half with fake bank notes,” Mulaudzi said.
The bank discovered his deceit after he had already stolen a reported amount of R2 217 260. He went on the on the run but was caught by the Hawks and Groblersdal Police on Thursday. He was expected to appear in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Wednesday).
In a separate incident a tip-off led to the arrest of two men whose vehicle was stopped in Mankweng over the weekend. “Upon searching the vehicle the Hawks found 79 master cases of illicit cigarettes with an estimated street value of R800 000. The suspects have appeared before the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court and were remanded in custody. They will be back in the dock on 21 September for formal bail application.”
In another incident three men were arrested while loading 1 059 master cases of illegal cigarettes worth over R1 million onto a truck along the R36 road to Lydenburg.
“The men appeared in the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court on Monday and their case was postponed to today (Thursday) for formal bail application. One of the suspects allegedly offered the Police a R6 000 bribe and will face a further charge of attempting to bribe a Police official,” Mulaudzi said.
Story: RC Myburgh