By A Correspondent- The Zimbabwe Republic Police said it had intercepted 68 cross border buses and arrested 10 000 people for committing various cross border-related crimes since September.
The buses were intercepted on major highways from Beitbridge town leading to Bulawayo, Harare, and other urban centres.
The 10 000 arrested people were smugglers shipping goods through illegal crossing points along the Limpopo River, which they then load in buses heading to various towns and cities across the country.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi could not be reached for comment yesterday.
However, one border security official said the buses were being intercepted at the police checkpoints and the Beitbridge Border Post. The official said in the last three days three buses were intercepted along the road leading to Harare carrying an assortment of undeclared goods.
“We have taken the buses to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority 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,” said the official who refused to be named.