Op Corona still reeling in contraband and illegal immigrants
The thin camouflage line that is the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Operation Corona border protection tasking has had a good first quarter confiscating contraband valued at over R31 million as well as dagga worth just on R3 million and stopping the illegal migration of nine thousand plus people. By far the largest portion of contraband seized was a truck-load of trainers and running shoes valued at about R23 million at the Lebombo point of entry (POE) late in January. The feeling “something’s not right” proved correct for a pair of South African military police attached to 2 SA Infantry Battalion. A covered ruck was searched and found to be packed with trainers and running shoes, including Adidas, All Star, Nike and Puma. More than 29 000 pairs of trainers were confiscated. Three Mozambicans were interviewed by South African police soon after the haul was uncovered but at this time of publication there was no further information available on the investigation’s progress. Soldiers deployed along South Africa’s border with Lesotho as part of the border protection tasking seized dagga valued at R2,9 million in the first three months of the year. The value of the contraband is based on a street price of R1 000 per kg.