The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has announced the arrest of 12 conductors for trying to bribe police officers who were implementing an operation code-named “No to cross border crimes.”
ZRP says the conductors offered cash amounting to ZAR4150 plus US$23. Reads a police report on the case:
On 20/05/22, members of the National Taskforce attached to “No to cross border crimes,” in Beitbridge arrested 12 bus conductors, Proceed Mugadza (34), Mahsya Darlington (45), Titos Nyagara (55), Anyway Chizombe (39), Edmore Mavhiza (50), Blessing Gune (32), Previous Nyangoro (45), Laston Katsande (41), Elvis Mashira (34), Kudakwashe Ndlovu (42), Peter Muronza (34) and Onias Mungwanda (37) for bribery at Bubi Roadblock along Beitbridge-Masvingo Highway.
The suspects had offered to bribe the Police officers by offering them various amounts of cash so that the buses could be allowed free passage without being searched.
The total amount of cash offered as a bribe is ZAR 4150 and US$23. Investigations are in progress.
This comes as South African police have expressed concern over an increase in the smuggling of stolen goods from South Africa to Zimbabwe and or vice versa through the Beitbridge border.
Buses have been smuggling people or goods through the Beitbridge Border especially during the rainy season when the Limpopo river will be flooded.