The Hawks in Limpopo have expressed concern that some home affairs 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.”