080310 The new offices of SARS at corner Rissik street and Albert street. Picture: Ziphozonke Lushaba

Johannesburg - Contrabands cigarettes, with an estimated street value of nearly R9 million, were seized at the Beit Bridge border post on Sunday, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) said.

“The total seizure is 900 master cases of... cigarettes with a total value of over R8.9 million,” said spokeswoman Marika Muller in a statement.

The Sars customs team had stopped a truck at the border post in Limpopo, where the truck was intending on entering South Africa.

Muller said documents indicated the truck was empty.

“When the truck was opened for a search, officials found boxes of cigarettes concealed behind empty wooden pallets,” she said.

The two drivers of the truck then attempted to bribe officials with an offer of R18,900.

The men were arrested and charged with bribery and smuggling, Muller said. - Sapa