Two people have been arrested and charged with the possession of stolen goods, including 52 street lights, estimated at R1.9 million, belonging to the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.
The Border Management Authority (BMA) said border guards had arrested the pair at the Kosi Bay port of entry when they intercepted state property that was en route to Mozambique at the weekend.
According to the BMA, the suspects were travelling in a grey Isuzu bakkie, driven by a Mozambican national, when they were searched at the port of entry bordering South Africa and Mozambique.
“The team immediately activated the Hawks and Durban metro police. Two Mozambicans were arrested and charged with the possession of stolen goods, including damaging of essential infrastructure.”
In addition, the BMA said the vehicle they were travelling in as well as the property were seized and handed over to the Manguzi South African Police Service.
“A case was opened and handed over to the Hawks for further investigation.”
BMA Commissioner, Michael Masiapato, commended the work of the border guards in preventing illegal activities and securing the state assets.
“The BMA border guards serve as the first line of defence, working around the clock to enforce immigration laws, thereby maintaining the integrity of our nation. Their vigilance in this incident and dedication contribute significantly to maintaining law and order. Their operation in intercepting municipal assets is truly commendable,” said Masiapato. – SAnews.gov.za