Four kombi drivers were arrested separately between July 8 and last week Tuesday for carrying people along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road without an exemption to operate during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The four are Nyasha Arnold Chinyoka (28) of Mkhosana Victoria Falls, Jasper Mpofu (37) of Pumula East, Usher Mpofu (25) of Luveve and Xolisani Ndlovu (25) of Old Lobengula.
They were each charged with contravening Section 4(2) of the Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020, cited as the Public Health (Covid-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) Regulations 2020, that is to say, venturing into inter-city transport services during national lockdown while not exempted.
Chinyoka, Mpofu, Ndlovu and Usher pleaded guilty to the charge when they separately appeared before Lupane resident magistrate Ndumo Masuku who fined each of them $3 000 or six months in jail in default of payment.
Additionally, the magistrate slapped each of them with six months in jail which was wholly suspended for five years on condition that they do not commit similar offences.