Zimbabwe’s National Security Taskforce has over the past 30 days intercepted sixty-eight (68) buses suspected to be transporting smuggled goods worth millions between the country and South Africa.
The buses were busted between September 1 and October 8 on major highways from Beitbridge to Bulawayo, Harare and other urban centres.
The Sunday Mail quoted a border security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, saying that the buses were being intercepted at police checkpoints and the border post. Said the official:
We have taken the buses to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) for import duty calculations.
One of the buses, Mulaudzi Transport, was intercepted at the Chicago checkpoint loaded with various goods we believe had been smuggled.
The bus was half-full with the goods, mainly bales of new clothes, and its trailer was also loaded to full capacity.
The other two are Graca Luxury Coaches and Vuki. We are not relenting; we will not give the smugglers any breathing space.
Zimbabwe has increased security along its border with South Africa after it emerged that smuggling and other crimes were rife along the border.
Drones have been deployed for airborne security patrols, while police and army horse-mounted units and the canine sections are on the ground.