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"As Long You've Money To Bribe Officers, Nothing Is Impossible In Zimbabwe"

Bus crews whose operators had been banned from crossing the border say they can always pay the officials for passage adding, “nothing is impossible in Zimbabwe” if one has enough money for bribes.

These remarks come as illegal travel between Zimbabwe and South Africa has persisted, despite joint efforts to thwart the practice by both countries.

The two governments recently launched a joint operation to address criminal activities such as border jumping, touting, use of fake immigration stamps, fake travel documents and human and goods smuggling.

Criminal border-crossing reached a peak at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic during which both the Zimbabwean and South African governments announced lockdowns that severely restricted travel.

An investigation conducted by NewZimbabwe.com, in conjunction with Information for Development Trust early this year suggested that officials, among them immigration, police and military officers, assisted illegal travellers to cross through the Beitbridge Border post from Zimbabwe to South Africa and back.

The bus operators also said the operations by security officials will not stop human smuggling between the neighbouring countries. One conductor told NewZimbabwe.com:

As long as you have enough money to bribe officers, nothing is impossible in Zimbabwe. We have been doing this for years and nothing will change. It will remain this way.

The chief immigration director, Respect Gono, professed ignorance about the illegal bus operations and promised that her department would investigate the unauthorised travel.

Gono later told NewZimbabwe.com in our follow-up investigation, that 206 illegal immigrants had been deported back to their countries of origin between March and May alone.

She added that buses, trucks, and commuter omnibuses that were used in committing the offences had been intercepted and the operators prosecuted but did not give further details about the offenders.

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11 Comments

1 month ago


Quality Clothing Bales Mabhero | 0733499555 1 month ago

No chill, ndo chokwadi chataurwa nahwindi as long bag riri tii unoita madiro a Georgina muno munyika but not zvigunwe #DiraTinwe


pvc 1 month ago

corruption is there I actually corrupted myself

Paul Piki 1 month ago

Huori haupere nokuti ini handidi kusungwa ndinobhadhara mazimari akavanda Better kupa mupurisa kamari kadiki ikako ndoenda


𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗮𝘇𝗮 1 month ago

𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗲...𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀. 𝗔𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁.


JC 1 month ago

True..not only in Zimbabwe but even developed countries corruption is inevitable... what we should work on is functional corruption...


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Me 1 month ago

Lol...n this is NEWS, how???


Dzvamu 1 month ago

Do you even know chinonzi news wakutibhowa ibva paplatform pacho

lcbjpo 1 month ago

it is our society thst is corrupt


Civil Servant 1 month ago

Results of looting by big elites and slave wages to the general populace


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