Hon House Chair, I would like to congratulate the SA Police Service, in particular the Hawks, for the recent seizure of 48kg of gold bars worth R20 million across three provinces and 18 locations. The success achieved demonstrates the possibilities when specialised units like the Hawks, crime intelligence and special task teams combine their efforts in order to ensure a safer South Africa.
It is almost unbelievable that these syndicates operated a mini refinery with smelters, stamps, serial numbers and documents to make their efforts look legitimate. It fills my heart with pride that the Hawks were able to penetrate such a sophisticated syndicate. It gives me hope for the future that we can realise the vision of the National Development Plan, NDP, to create a society free of crime. I thank you. [Applause.]