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Four Mozambican women were nabbed with E789 000 in hard cash at Siteki, writes the Swazi Observer, an amount close to US$60 thousand at current exchange rates.
According to reliable sources, the women drove into the country with the money through the Lomahasha border gate and it remains a mystery how they ‘dodged’ security there.
They were apprehended in Lugongolweni by members of the Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF).
It could not be established where the Mozambican women were taking the money to, but it is suspected they had come to do shopping.
Laws of the country stipulate that if you are carrying a large sum of money, it must be declared at the entry point.
However, the women did not although they had the declaration forms.
USDF Deputy Public Relations Officer Lieutenant Nkosinathi Dlamini confirmed the arrest.
He added that the women’s vehicle was controlled by soldiers.
“Yes it is true that we apprehended women with that amount of money, but were later released after producing declaration forms,” Dlamini said.
On another note, the deputy PRO further stated that livestock rustling remains a nightmare for the army.
According to December 2016 and January 2017 USDF statistics, livestock rustling is on the rise.
As the USDF continues to patrol the country’s borderline to stop illegal activities occurring there, in January alone there were 34 livestock rustled to Mozambique and South Africa.
The month of December as reported by the USDF statistics, was one of the months where the rustling was said to be at its peak.
“Two men rustled 14 goats into the Republic of South Africa, but with the cooperation of RSA police, we were able to control them inside RSA,’’ the Lieutenant said.
Dlamini went on to add that 20 cattle were also intercepted at Mnyana in Maphungwane (Lubombo) whilst being rustled into Mozambique and were handed back to their rightful owners.
“Unfortunately there was no arrest made except the unlawful immigrants. These livestock-rustlers and drug peddlers ran off leaving the livestock and dagga behind.
“Those with undeclared goods were only taken to Swaziland Revenue Authority Posts for taxation,” Dlamini revealed.
He further revealed that dagga weighing 280kg, was controlled at the country’s borderline.
“The controlled herb was worth over E196 000,’’ he said.
He said 45 illegal immigrants (Mozambicans and South Africans) were controlled at the country’s different borders yet most of them were Mozambicans, who were handed over to various police stations.Source: The Swazi Observer
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