Zimbabwe Police Impound Bus With Smuggled Goods From South Africa
Zimbabwe Police Impound Bus With Smuggled Goods From South Africa
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube shows an impounded South African truck carrying smuggled goods, some of which are believed to have been looted during the recent riots in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal. The driver was found offloading the goods into a Harare-bound vehicle on Friday night. — Picture: Eliah Saushoma

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has impounded a bus carrying smuggled goods from neighbouring South Africa.

Police in Bulawayo recovered beds, refrigerators, vehicle engines, washing machines, doors, door frames and other groceries from a bus along Khami Road on Thursday.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the recovery of the goods whose worth is yet to be determined. Said Inspector Ncube:

Bulawayo Central traffic motorised patrol team was patrolling in the city on Thursday at around 4 PM when they spotted a bus pulling a large trailer with goods loaded on top of the trailer. The police officers drove towards the bus and then asked the driver to stop so that they could check if everything was in order and the bus driver ignored and continued driving along Khami Road.

He said police had to block the bus driver’s way at the Khami flyover forcing him to stop.

Inspector said the bus was then driven to Zimra depot where they discovered that the driver was in possession of smuggled goods.

He said the smuggled goods that were taken by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) include a Ford Ranger engine, four new Samsung fridges, two bales of clothes weighing 90kgs each, four Defy fridges.

They also recovered 11 radios, beds, six doors and six window frames, 10 new landline headsets, paint and groceries.

Ncube added that investigations are underway and that Zimra had impounded the bus.