The Zimbabwe Anti-corruption Commission (ZACC) has warned members of the public that there is a criminal gang of fraudsters masquerading as ZACC officers and demanding bribes from cross-border transporters.
ZACC advised bus cross-border crews who encounter purported ZACC officers who demand bribes to call on the following phone numbers: +263 242 307065/66/67, +263242369602/5/8/14 and +2632422541912. A statement released by ZACC on Wednesday, 08 June 2022 reads:
ZACC wishes to warn members of the public that there is a syndicate of criminals purporting to be ZACC officers and demanding bribes from cross-border bus crews.
On the 7th of June, a six-men gang using an unidentified white pick-up truck intercepted a Jasto Luxury Coaches bus travelling from South Africa between Harare and Beatrice.
Claiming to be ZACC officers carrying out an anti-smuggling operation, the gang demanded a USD$400 bribe which the bus crew paid.
ZACC understands that the gang also stopped three more buses travelling from South Africa and forced the crew to pay US$100.00 bribes.
We wish to advise cross-border bus crews and members of the public that ZACC officers do not demand bribes when executing their duties.
On the other hand, the bus crews and other members of the public must refuse to pay bribes when asked to do so.
Instead, when approached by anyone claiming to be from ZACC carrying out their duties, members of the public must demand positive identification.
If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact us on any of the following platforms:
Phone +263 242 307065/66/67, +263242369602/5/8/14, and +2632422541912