Obokeng Diale, the former police officer, allegedly paid Sars customs officials Gosego Gaebetswe and Shimane Motshabi R35 000 to process fictitious transactions, Hawks spokesperson Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso said.

On paper, these transactions indicated that fuel had been exported via the Skilpadshek border post. Thereafter, documents would allegedly be submitted to Sars to claim revenue for the fuel trade which never took place.

“It is alleged that the money involved is over R3 million and the priority crime investigations unit of the Hawks in the North West is already looking into the assets of the suspects which have been acquired through the proceeds of crimes,” Rikhotso explained.

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“Meanwhile, more arrests have not been ruled out pending ongoing investigation.”

The trio are expected to appear in court on 29 January 2019.

– News24