Police in Masvingo have impounded five South African bound cross border buses and 200 vehicles for violating the COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa revealed this during a media inspection of some of the impounded vehicles at ZRP Zimuto Camp.
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Insp Dhewa said so far the police have impounded more than 200 vehicles with the vehicles taken to ZRP Chikato, ZRP Rujeko, ZRP Phoenix Main Camp and ZRP Zimuto Camp. He said:
We are encouraging members of the public to comply and adhere to the lockdown regulations, one of which is the ban on inter-city travelling.
Several vehicles have been impounded and owners have been arrested and some of them remanded in custody.
We are well aware that some people have created side roads to avoid normal routes, we have the information.
Some of these buses were caught in thickets avoiding the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road.
Under the Level Four lockdown regulations, inter-city travel has been banned while intracity travel is only reserved for ZUPCO affiliated buses and kombis.
However, some transport operators have defied the ban, in some cases operating at night to avoid arrest.
Non-essential movement between 6.30 pm and 6 am is also banned as part of measures put in place by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.