Botswana police have arrested a Motswana along the country’s border with Zimbabwe after trying to smuggle 1 450 litres of petrol into Zimbabwe.
Police in Tshesebe recovered the fuel from the suspect along the Botswana-Zimbabwe border.
Tshesebe Police Station commander, Amos Kekgathetse told local media that the suspect was caught with 58 containers of 25 litres filled with petrol at Moroka village, a few kilometres from the border. Kekgathetse said:
The suspect, who was travelling alone at the time, is still in police custody.
Some of the charges he is facing include failure to package hazardous goods in a prescribed container, driving hazardous goods without a hazardous [product] licence.
Kekgathetse said the seized petrol will be confiscated as prescribed by the Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority Act.
Kekgathetse said criminals use illegal routes to transport fuel to avoid paying tax at the Ramokgwebana border post.
Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa’s borders, reported to be very porous, are being used by criminals and tax evaders for smuggling of goods and even human beings.