BEITBRIDGE – Police are still to account for an impounded Hino Profia truck that disappeared from Zimra premises at Beitbridge on Monday last week, Two Nations has learnt.
The truck was loaded with RTGS$4,9 million worth of beer. Two Nations is informed that cases of theft of seized vehicles is on the increase at the border.
Two Nokel Security guards, Gift Sithole (28) and Fildrate Mutekede (25) said that they facilitated the removal of the vehicle from the premises because their employer had not paid them their salaries.
The duo who are now facing theft charges told Beitbridge Resident Magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba that they received R1 500 bribe each to facilitate the release of the vehicle.
They used a bolt cutter to cut the clamping chain and an unknown person drove the vehicle out of the border.
The complainant in the matter is ZIMRA, represented by Bernard Kasakaza (37) who is the Anti Smuggling Revenue supervisor.
The value of the truck is RTGS$1,9m.
Prosecutor Tawanda Chigavazira told the court that on January 10, the two accused persons who were on duty at Export Bound warehouse connived with an unknown person to steal the truck seized on December 30, under the name of Rendai Kambambaira.
Nokel management was summoned, the guards were searched and RTGS$1 500 was recovered from each one of them.