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Police Impound Truck Carrying Smuggled Groceries From South Africa

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube shows an impounded South African truck carrying smuggled goods, some of which are believed to have been looted during the recent riots in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal. The driver was found offloading the goods into a Harare-bound vehicle on Friday night. — Picture: Eliah Saushoma

Police Impound Truck Carrying Smuggled Groceries From South Africa

Police in Bulawayo on Friday impounded a South African truck carrying smuggled groceries worth more than R200 000.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednego Ncube said the Zambia-bound truck was intercepted along the Bulawayo-Harare Road near Zuva garage.

The driver of the vehicle, Phila Vilakazi, was spotted by police officers who were on patrol while trying to offload the goods into another truck heading to Kwekwe.

Insp Ncube said Vilakazi indicated that he was from South Africa going to Zambia but he did not have any papers proving that the groceries put on top of what he was intending to take to Zambia had been cleared.

Some members of the public came to the scene and claimed to be owners of the groceries and tried to bribe the police officers. Said Insp Ncube:

They also attempted to bribe police officers who turned them down. One of the truck drivers attempted to run away and only appeared this morning to claim his vehicle as both cars were taken to Ross Camp.

We will continue doing our best to arrest anyone found with goods that are not declared as they are not welcome into the country.

We encourage members of the public to continue cooperating and to report any suspicious transactions.

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