Beitbridge Magistrate Trevor Nyatsanza sentenced Juliet Taruvinga (31) and Melody Ncube (30) to five months in prison or $500 fine each for possession of the intoxicating Broncleer cough syrup.
Between them Taruvinga and Ncube had 96 by 200 ml bottles with a total street value of $300. Sometime during the weekend Taruvinga and Ncube arrived in the country each with 48 bottles of broncleer. They were arrested inside the Beitbridge border post after they were searched and found with the bottles.
In their defence Taruvinga and Ncube said they were single mothers and breadwinners for their families. They each told the court it was their plan to sell the Broncleer and that they earned around $100 monthly and any custodial sentence would be hurtful to their families. Nyatsanza said ordinarily he would have jailed the two but that they were first offenders had worked to their advantage.