Goods worth R2,5 million smuggled

TOM BURKE — A 38-year-old suspect, George Kangwa, a Zambian citizen, was arrested on Saturday 26 January by the police at Groblersbrug Port of Entry in the Tom Burke policing area. He was arrested for smuggling illicit creams and tablets worth millions of Rand.

At the time of his arrest, Kangwa, driving a Mercedes truck with registration number AJD 1086, had already crossed the border from Botswana into South Africa. Soon thereafter he was directed towards the searching bay for investigation.

According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale Cluster spokesperson, he admitted ownership of the truck and responsibility for the load.

During the searching process, boxes of Epiderm skin lightening cream and Cyproheptadine tablets were found hidden inside the empty diesel tanks loaded at the back of the truck.

Kangwa was arrested on the spot and 4 500 x 15 g tubes of Epiderm and 80 000 Cyproheptadine tablets with an estimated value of more than R2,4 million were seized.

Kangwa appeared in the Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Monday 28 January and the case is remanded to 4 February 2019 for a formal bail application.

Police investigation continues.

According to, Epiderm skin lightning cream can be very dangerous and side effects include flaking, redness and itching. For some the use of skin lightening creams may lead to skin cancer.

Cyproheptadine is a prescription medication used to relieve allergy symptoms, itching, and to increase appetite and can cause obesity.

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