Zim woman nabbed over smuggled explosives

BY Rex Mphisa

Police at Musina in South Africa on Sunday arrested a suspected Zimbabwean woman after she allegedly tried to smuggle explosives from Zimbabwe into the neighbouring country.

The woman was on a South Africa-bound bus, and her arrest led to the recovery of 200 units of Superpower explosives and 90 blasting cartridges stuffed in her luggage.

“The suspect was arrested while police were conducting their routine search at the border post. The bus that she was travelling in had just crossed over when it was directed to the searching bay for inspection. During the search, the explosives wrapped inside plastic bags were recovered,” Polokwane police spokesperson, Constable Maphure Manamela said.

Yesterday, the woman was expected to appear before a Musina magistrate, he said.

The woman is one of many, who have crossed from Zimbabwe into South Africa with the explosives and with some having already been jailed for up to 24 years.

Although origins of the explosives are yet to be established, police in that country believe they are used for criminal activities, including blasting of ATMs and highjacked cash-in-transit vans.

Meanwhile, South Africa-bound traffic at the Beitbridge Border Post was on Sunday temporarily re-routed through an alternative gate following an accident in which a tanker crashed into a small car blocking the road.

A female occupant of the small car run over by the truck was slightly injured in the mishap which occurred when the truck moved on its own when the driver had gone to conclude Customs and Excise export formalities.

“It is suspected that the truck driver did not engage the handbrake or airbrakes and the truck moved on its own,” a clearing agent who witnessed the accident
said.

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