Blitz nets grocery smugglers at Beitbridge

Source: Blitz nets grocery smugglers at Beitbridge | Herald (Top Stories)

Victor Maphosa Herald Correspondent
Smuggled grocery and household goods worth R54 120,71 were intercepted in a police blitz at Beitbridge Border Post, with owners of the goods forced to pay duty worth $27 979,05.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the anti-smuggling operation and the arrest of seven cross-border drivers.

“The smuggled goods comprised food stuffs, furniture, building materials and blankets all valued at R161 432. The accused persons were handed over to customs officials where they paid duty of varying amounts totalling $108 063,52,” said Asst Comm Nyathi.

The intercepted vehicles carrying smuggled goods included both South African and Zimbabwean registrations: Mercedes Benz CEY 1235; Toyota Quantum JC27DZGP; Iveco CEM 4668; UD truck WCF411GP; Forbes Trans Bus ADC2673; Nissan Caravan AEC1761 and a Toyota Hiace AEK1399.

Asst Comm Nyathi said more investigations were underway and advised members of the public to follow correct procedures at border posts to avoid inconveniences.

“The ZRP is warning travellers, officials and shop owners to stop evading duty and committing criminal acts,” he said.

Cases of smuggling at Beitbridge Border Post are common, with some Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) officials and agents regularly caught on the wrong side of the  law.

Recently, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) arrested 14 Zimra officials on allegations of smuggling vehicles.

Four Zimra supervisors were also reportedly implicated in the smuggling scam and one of them has since been suspended from work.


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    njalo 3 months ago

    After some forty years of practice and operation, the Zimbabwean way of wheeler dealing, Customs Duty evasion, general smuggling and “Big Talk” will live on.

    Nothing will change………..FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.

    Brace yourselves for another twenty-five years of hardship and PRAY, PRAY, PRAY AGAIN THAT SOUTH AFRICAN BIG BUSINESS DOES NOT EVER EXCLUDE YOU FROM THE CIRCLE.

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    Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 3 months ago

    In the olden days groceries used to be manufactured in ZW comrades. I see now ZW even imports sugar and maize meal – it appears the subsistence farmers are not interested in providing surplus food to the market. Bottled water I note – imported – is always on hand at political events where the chefs tell us povo how we should live our lives