Two cross-border drivers charged with smuggling goods worth over US$52,000


TWO cross-border truckers appeared in court for smuggling goods worth over $52,000 or $5 million through the Beitbridge border post from neighboring South Africa.

The couple, Tendai Kavhu (38) from Mashaba, Masvingo and Tawanda Jomo (28) from Budiriro, Harare, denied the smuggling charges when appearing before Bulawayo Magistrate Rose Dube last Thursday.

They have been taken into custody until today for the continuation of the trial.

The court heard that at 6am on December 2 last year, Bulawayo Central Traffic police were deployed on patrol along the Bulawayo-Gwanda road when they stopped the accused for a search.

The search led to the discovery of Britelite candles, which require a permit to be imported into Zimbabwe, but the driver did not produce any.

Further searches by police discovered an assortment of other goods and that one of the passengers, Kavhu, was the co-driver of the truck. The truck was escorted to Bulawayo Central Traffic for further handling.

The couple were also found in possession of undeclared goods which were seized by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority. The total value of the damage amounted to 5.4 million dollars or 52,900 US dollars

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