The Northern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola welcomes the swift action of several specialised SAPS units that led to the seizure of illicit cigarettes and tobacco products with a street value of approximately R10 million.

The Northern Cape Organised Crime Investigation Unit together with the National Crime Intelligence Unit and Kimberley K9 Unit conducted a search at a storage container facility in Memorial Road in Kimberley. The action was executed after information was received regarding the storage of illicit goods at the facility.

Three storage containers were identified and searched. Police recovered 764 boxes of illicit cigarettes and 53 boxes of hookah flavour. Additional members from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, Kimberley Crime Prevention Unit and Crime Intelligence joined the search and seizure operation to secure the scene and safekeeping of the exhibits.

Members from Bloemfontein Customs are expected in Kimberley on 20 October 2023 to verify the goods. No persons were arrested. The investigation continues.