On Wednesday 1 November 2017, at approximately 10:00, Capt B R Simpson and Const T E Ntuli from the FLASH Unit at SAPS Emanguzi were travelling along the R22 main road (Engozeni area) towards the Farazela Port of Entry at the Mozambican border. They noticed a delivery truck about to enter the R22 from a gravel road. They stopped the truck and asked the driver where he had come from. The driver said he was delivering goods for Boxer Store.
The members said that there is no Boxer Store in the area from where the truck came. They then asked the driver whether they may search the back of the truck and the driver gave permission. When the back of the truck was opened, the members could only see pallets packed up against the door of the truck. On closer inspection, Const Ntuli saw bales in the back of the truck. The driver was asked about the bales and he replied that he was asked by two ladies to transport the goods to Durban. The driver was then asked to follow the police to Emanguzi Police Station for a closer inspection of the goods. At the station, the truck was found to be carrying 73 bales of counterfeit goods consisting of clothing, shoes, flipflops, etc.
The driver and his two assistants were arrested along with the two ladies who were hiding in the cab of the truck. The truck and the counterfeit goods were seized and handed in to the SAPS13. The estimated value of the counterfeit goods is between R3 and R5 million (this excludes the truck's value).
Actions like these, when police members act on their gut to stop and search suspicious trucks, often lead to great successes. Well done to Capt B R Simpson and Const T E Ntuli - your actions make us proud.
Capt S J McKendrick
HRM Head: SAPS Emanguzi