Members of 1 SA Tank Regiment were deployed along the South African/Zimbabwe border under the command of Joint Tactical Headquarters Limpopo for Operation CORONA (Border Safeguarding), they continued to make inroads into the criminality caused by cigarette smugglers in Limpopo Province.
The soldiers were acting on a tip-off from the locals that there was a vehicle that was stuck in the Limpopo River. Whilst busy with Foot Patrol along the River, instead of the alleged vehicle our soldiers only saw some civilians on the Zimbabwean side of the river.
Due to previous experience, our soldiers used tactics only the military will/may understand and it turned out that the civilians who were sitting ‘innocently’ on the Zimbabwean side of the Limpopo River, picked up what looked like big bags and walked into the river towards South Africa.
SA National Defence Force soldiers who were at this stage busy with waylay Operation confronted them with the intention of arresting them but the suspects escaped by running back to Zimbabwe but only after dropping their luggage. Upon investigation, the luggage was found to be illicit cigarettes valued at R 828 470.00.
The Officer Commanding Joint Tactical Headquarters Limpopo, Colonel Choene Sam Mabotja informed Brigadier General Martin Feni, Director Joint Task Force Support, who was chairing the Joint Operation Succession Planning that is taking place in Polokwane in Limpopo, who in turn commended the members of 1 SA Tank Regiment for the job well done.
Information by Captain Moses Semono and photos by Captain Connie Molwantoa || Joint Tactical Headquarters Limpopo.
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