Kombi driver banned for life, jailed one year for picking passengers at undesignated spot

Bulawayo magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya convicted a kombi driver Frank Ndebele for failing to display front and rear number plates and picking passengers at an undesignated area. Tashaya banned Ndebele for life from driving and sentenced him to a year in jail. The Chronicle reports that Mduduzi Ndlovu who is a first time offender, got away with a $30 fine before the same court.

Police arrested Ndebele while he was picking passengers along the 6th Avenue Extension and Lobengula Street, with the registration plates of his car covered up. On July 7, Tashaya fined him $100 or 20 days in prison for failing to display number plates and further sentenced him to 12 months in prison for picking passengers at an undesignated place and banned him from driving for the rest of his life.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango welcomed the sentence while Kombi crews operating at the 6th Avenue spot said the court was too harsh.

More: Chronicle

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