Crime & courts

Border security intercept stolen vehicle

The national security task force has intercepted a stolen vehicle that was being smuggled from South Africa into Zimbabwe near the Tshikwalakwala area on Sunday morning.


The vehicle, believed to be stolen, was to be smuggled again into Mozambique.

The area is located 135km east of Beitbridge border town and the vehicle was intercepted less than 10km from the Limpopo River.


National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said they have arrested Antonio Sevene Massigue (42) a Mozambican and his accomplice Robert Mbedzi (35), a Zimbabwean from the Tshipise area in Beitbridge.


He said three other suspects were still on the run.


Asst Comm Nyathi said the value of the Toyota Hilux was yet to be ascertained.


“The two are assisting the police with investigations. Our security team comprising the police and members of the national army who are implementing a national operation targeting cross-border crimes received a tip-off concerning the smuggling of the vehicle.


“They then lay an ambush at around 5AM on a road that was being used to transport the vehicle which had five people on board including the two who have since been accounted for,” he said.


Asst Comm Nyathi said when the smugglers realised that they had been cornered, three escaped while Massigue and Mbedzi were arrested.


He said a search conducted on the vehicles led to the discovery of some identification documents and driver’s license belonging to a South African national.


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