Arrested Skeem Saam and radio drama actor Mabu Sewetsi has been released on bail.

Mabu Sewetsi and his co-accused were charged to court for allegedly dealing in illicit cigarettes. Mabu Sewetsi and his co-accused appeared at the Polokwane magistrates’ court on Thursday 9 July.

Mabu holds a cameo role on the SABC1 educational weekday soapie.

The 44-year-old and his co-accused Charles Kgomo, 43, and Jackson Ika, 41, were granted R1000 bail each.

The suspects are expected to appear again on 5 October.

The other two accused Portia Ndou, 38, and Brown Makumbe, 40, were remanded in custody until 17 July 2020 as another charge of contravening Immigration Act was added against them.

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Speaking to newsmen the Limpopo Hawks spokesperson Matimba Maluleke said the accused were arrested on Wednesday when they received a tip-off about people selling illicit cigarettes at the taxi rank in Polokwane.

“The Hawks members conducted an early morning operation wherein the suspects were caught red-handed with the contraband,” he said.

Maluleke said the team seized 45 cartoons of Remington Gold cigarettes to the value of R12 000 as well as R9681 in cash.

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The “prominent actor” alongside other four other suspects were arrested on Wenesday 8 July 2020 for illegal trade in cigarettes in Limpopo.