Zimbabwe smuggler jailed in South Africa

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Anyway Murwarwi of Harare was convicted on his own plea of guilt to charges of smuggling.

He was sentenced to an effective six months’ imprisonment with an option to pay a R5 000 fine.

It is the State’s case that on June 30 this year, Murwarwi smuggled a consignment of cigarettes in a Toyota Hilux through Beitbridge Border Post.

He was, however, intercepted by police following a tip-off along the N1 highway while driving from Mussina towards Johannesburg.

A search of his vehicle was conducted leading to the discovery of the contraband.

The accused was subsequently arrested and the cigarettes were confiscated.

The smuggling of cigarettes out of the country through Beitbridge Border Post is rampant despite the installation of scanners by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority at Beitbridge Border Post.

The scanners are also able to detect concealed goods in sealed containers.

Last year, the South African Revenue Services destroyed more than 1 500 boxes of cigarettes worth over R1,5 million.

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