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Man arrested for possessing illicit cigarettes and illegal skin-lightening creams

A 34-year-old man, arrested for possessing illicit cigarettes and illegal skin-lightening creams, is expected to appear in the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Limpopo police spokesperson, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said the man, a foreign national was arrested on Tuesday at Giyani.

“Mopani task team members received information about a white Toyota Hilux bakkie with Mpumalanga province registration numbers, fully loaded with illicit cigarettes and illegal skin creams spotted parked in a certain house around Giyani,” said Ledwaba.

The consignment about to be delivered to local shops.

“The police acted swiftly on the information given. Upon arrival at the house, they found a bakkie matching the description idling, with one occupant,” said Ledwaba.

“They (police) requested to search the motor vehicle, and found illicit cigarettes and illegal skin creams with an estimated street value of R150,000 and an undisclosed amount of cash in the vehicle.”

The man seated in the vehicle was arrested, and his motor vehicle was confiscated.

Provincial police commissioner of police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has applauded the police officers who arrested the 34-year-old man, and recovered the illicit goods.

Last year, a 36-year-old Namibian national, Amos Shaanika Liyambo appeared before the Lehurutshe Magistrates’ Court, in the North West province, on a charge of possession of counterfeit goods valued at almost R8 million.

Liyambo was arrested after members of North West border policing, Potchefstroom and Rustenburg mounted units, vehicle crime investigation unit (VCIU) Mahikeng and Zeerust K9 Unit stopped and searched a white Scania R460 truck at the searching point at Skilpadshek port of entry.

At the time, police spokesperson Captain Sam Tselanyane said the truck driver was requested to produce valid documentation for the cargo, but he allegedly failed to do so and was subsequently arrested.

“The truck, as well as 79 boxes of Betasol lotion, 30 boxes of Betasol cream and 58 boxes of Eperden cream, were seized with an estimated value of over R7,800,000,” Tselanyane said.

In other news – Spotify announces Makhadzi as its Equal Africa ambassador

September marks the celebration of Heritage Month in South Africa, and what better way to celebrate our heritage than to put Limpopo-born singer Makhadzi in the spotlight? Spotify, the digital music service that gives music lovers access to millions of songs, announced the singer its Equal Africa ambassador for September.

The multi-award winner joins Khanyisa Jaceni, Tyla, Sio, and Elaine who have headlined the program, which seeks to put the spotlight on and amplify the voices of African female artists breaking down barriers and making waves in music, exposing their catalog to global listenership. Read More

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