Walter Madhongi (25) was found guilty for dealing in illicit cigarettes by the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 18 December 2020.
On 20 October 2020 the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation members received a tip-off about people who were selling illicit cigarettes at Polokwane lodge. The team immediately proceeded to the said lodge and found 330 cartoons of Remington Gold cigarettes hidden in one of the rooms. The cigarettes to the value of R87 000 were seized and Madhongi was arrested.
The accused appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court several times and was granted R1000 bail. Madhongi pleaded guilty and sentenced to pay a fine of R40 000.00 or three years imprisonment half of which is suspended and to further pay defects fine of R5 000.00