BEITBRIDGE – It was a reversal this time.
Police from Police General Headquarters deployed in Beitbridge on Friday last week arrested 12 motorists who sought to bribe cops and pass roadblocks without being scrutinized.
Cases dealt by the Police in the past have always involved cops demanding bribes from motorists.
The arrested suspects include three drivers of private vehicles and nine conductors of public transport.
They appeared in court on Monday before Beitbridge Resident Magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba facing bribery charges. They allegedly offered Police bribes ranging between R950 and US$23 at a roadblock at Bubi, some 80 km from Beitbridge along Beitbridge- Harare Highway.
The accused are Proceed Mugadza (34) of Silvers Kings Bus, Mahaya Darlington (45) of MB transport Bus Service, Titos Nyagara (55) of Good Riders Bus Service, Anyway Chizombe (39) of Four Lions Bus Service, Edmore Mavhiza (50) of Munenzva Bus Service, Blessing Gune (32) of Mzanzi Express Bus Service, Previous Nyangoro (45) of Best Express Bus Service, Laston Katsande (41) of MB Transport Bus Service and they are being represented by Jabulani Mzinyathi of Garikayi and Company.
They were granted $10 000 bail each and will appear in court again on June 3, 2022.
Kudakwashe Ndlovu (42) of Chitulumani bus company and Elvis Mashira (34) who is a private motorist were convicted after pleading guilty to the charges and were sentenced to two months in jail or pay a fine of Rtgs$40 000.
Peter Muronza (34) of Masvingo and Onias Mungwanda (37) of Beitbridge who are private motorists are being represented by Julius Maphosa of Masawi and Partners.
The State said on May 20, 2022 between 6 am and 3 pm, a team of Police officers from PGHQ mounted a road block at Bubi.
During the course of duty, nine buses and three private motorists were stopped at the roadblock at different intervals whilst coming from Beitbridge towards Masvingo- Harare carrying passengers and goods believed to have been imported from South Africa.
They allegedly offered bribes to the Police to be allowed to pass the roadblock without scrutiny and were arrested.
Ronald Mugwagwa prosecuted.