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Hawks: Cross-border car smuggling on rise this festive season

This comes after the elite unit busted a syndicate in Madimbo village outside Masina on Friday.

FILE: Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks in Limpopo have expressed concern that some custom officials might be working with cross-border car smuggling syndicates to steal luxury cars from other provinces.

This comes after the elite unit busted a syndicate in Madimbo village outside Masina on Friday.

One suspect was arrested and a Toyota Fortuner was recovered.

The vehicle was recovered in Musina after it was reported stolen in Johannesburg.

Limpopo Hawks spokesperson captain Matimba Maluleke says cross-border car smuggling has spiked this festive season.

“There were so many vehicles that were reported stolen [and] they were smuggled out the country. It is possible that these syndicates got assistance from the officials at the border.”