POLICE ‘ SMUGGLE ’ MEALIE
...This was noted on Wednesday at the Ngwenya-Oshoek Border when a police vehicle was laden with over 15 bags of mealie-meal while parked in front of a store situated less than 20 metres into South Africa
Whereas ‘normal’ people are restricted to 20kg of mealiemeal from South Africa at any given time, police officers are using their connections and vehicles to carry as much as they can in order to sustain their orders.
This was noted on Wednesday at the Ngwenya-Oshoek Border when a police vehicle was laden with over 15 bags of mealie-meal while parked in front of a store situated less than 20 metres into South Africa.
The high volume was what caused curiosity because individuals are only permitted to import only 20kg each.
Whereas other drivers and pedestrians presented gate passes, this vehicle had been noted crossing without formality save for the driver greeting officers manning the South African entry point at about 11:20.
Thereafter, the vehicle proceeded to park in front of the store situated less than 20 metres from the border.
After several minutes spent within the store with the officer standing in a short queue, two men, one of Asian origin, the other black, carried out two 12.5kg sacks at a go and proceeded to place them within the boot of the blue and white sedan.
After the boot was seemingly filled with meal sacks packaged in black refuse bags, the back seat was opened and there- after, more meal placed there.
This reporter then rushed to the Oshoek exit side which leads to the Ngwenya entry to see how the officer who seemed to be alone would conduct himself and whether he would be allowed entry into the country with so many bags.
At just before noon, the border was abuzz with over 30 travellers leaving South Africa while attended by two immigration officers; it took well over 15 minutes for this reporter to cross to the Swazi side.
During that time, an eye was kept on the road in order to make out the police vehicle or driver; however, both these were nowhere in sight.
After this reporter crossed to the Ngwenya side, the police vehicle was seen travelling against the flow of traf-
The police vehicle leaving Mbabane Central High School less than 40 minutes after being seen at the border while driven by another officer.
The police car which was used to ferry about 15 bags of 12.5kg of mealie-meal from South Africa parked about 20metres from the border. (r) A man of Asian origin returning to take a bag after opening the passenger door after filling the boot.