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SOLDIERS CONFISCATE E980 000 BOOZE, CIGARETTES, OTHERS

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MANZINI - During the first month of the ban of alcohol sale in the country, soldiers have confiscated E980 156 items which were smuggled into and out of the country, including alcohol and cigarettes.

The military men also controlled a total of 113 illegal immigrants (Mozambicans) and four illegal emigrants (emaSwati). All the immigrants and emigrants were controlled along the country’s borderline near Lomahasha, in the Lubombo Region. 

It is worth noting that the borderline along Lomahasha separates the Kingdom of Eswatini and Mozambique, where most of the illegal alcoholic beverages and cigarettes which are sold in the country’s black market, come from. 

Figures

The above figures are contained in the Umbutfo Eswatini Defence Force (UEDF) report for July 2020, which was issued by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the army, Lieutenant Tengetile Khumalo, yesterday. According to the report, contrabands, which include alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, clothes and other items, which were confiscated by the military men manning the country’s borderline, were valued at E559 516. 32. 

During the first week of July, according the PRO’s report, the soldiers confiscated contrabands valued at E123 660. 93, while in the second week, they controlled items amounting to E189 750.52. Meanwhile, during the third week of the month under review, the report reflects that the soldiers controlled contrabands amounting to E71 740.18 while in the last week, the items confiscated were valued at E174 363.69.

It is worth noting that according to the report, the alcohol brands that were confiscated included Soldier Whiskey, Hankey Bannister Whiskey, Gordon’s London Dry Gin, Heineken, Castle Lite and Mac Mahon beer. On the other hand, it said the majority of the types of cigarettes were GT, Peter Stuyvesant and Dunhill.

Also, the report said during the month under review, the military man also managed to control dagga valued at E420 641 along the country’s borderline. During the first week of July 2020, the report revealed that the soldiers controlled dagga valued at E55 675, while in the second week; they confiscated the illegal herb amounting to E257 156. 

“During the third and fourth week of the month under review, dagga valued at E65 315 and E42 495 was controlled respectively,” reads part of the report.

The illegal herb was controlled being smuggled out of the country along the country’s borderline in the four regions; Manzini, Hhohho, Lubombo and Shiselweni.

Borderline

In terms of illegal immigrants and emigrants, the army’s PRO report said 117 were controlled along the country’s borderline. Out of the 117, 113 were illegal immigrants and they were Mozambicans by nationality, while only four were emigrants and they were emaSwati.It said 14 Mozambicans were controlled during the first week of the month under review, while 40 were arrested during the second week. It further said, during the third week, 41 illegal immigrants and three illegal emigrants were arrested, while on the final week of the month, 18 illegal immigrants and only one illegal emigrant was controlled.

Once more, the report said during the month, only one car, a Nissan bakkie, was controlled while being smuggled into the country at Sicunusa. It said the matter was handed over to Gege Police Station. The report stated the soldiers also managed to control three goats, which were smuggled from the country to the neighbouring South Africa near Nsubane and the matter was handed over to Lavumisa Police Station. 

Moreover, the PRO thanked all troops for their hard work in combating border crimes. She also urged the soldiers to continue working tenaciously and diligently in all operations, for the betterment of the defence force and the nation at large. She mentioned that all the items they controlled were handed over to the nearest police stations, while others were taken to the Eswatini Revenue Authority (SRA). 

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