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Eswatini nationals nabbed smuggling dagga at border

Two foreign nationals from the Kingdom of Eswatini, aged 30 and 35, were arrested
over the weekend for attempting to smuggle dagga into South Africa through the
Waverley Port of Entry.

During a routine stop-and-search operation by members of the Waverley Border
Policing unit, a black Honda Fit driven by the suspects was inspected. Hidden in a false
compartment of the vehicle, police discovered 67 rolls of dagga weighing approximately
12.34 kilograms, with an estimated street value of R51,828.

The two suspects were immediately apprehended and charged with dealing in dagga.
They are expected to appear in the Mayflower Magistrate’s Court soon to face these
charges.

Lt. Gen. Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, the Provincial Commissioner of the South
African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga, commended the officers for their
vigilance and commitment to combating cross-border crimes. “We are confident that
members working at the border are equal to the task of dealing with cross-border
crimes, and the results are indisputable. Let members keep up the good work,” she
stated.

The arrest highlights the SAPS’s ongoing efforts to disrupt drug trafficking activities and
secure South Africa’s borders against illegal smuggling operations. Authorities remain
steadfast in their commitment to upholding the law and ensuring the safety of citizens.