Seven cross-border buses were impounded and their crews arrested in Gweru and Shurugwi for defying Covid-19 regulations which prohibit cross border travel.
Police sources said the crews were using fake returnee passes to continue plying their cross border trips. These buses will be displaying a certificate on the front window and act as if they will be on transit carrying returnees. They have been doing this in defiance of the intercity travel prohibition, so the police got a tip off and stopped them at road blocks between Gweru and Shurugwi.
“Some were taken to Gweru Central Police Station while others were held at Shurugwi Police Station”, said the police source.
The blitz netted seven buses and saw crews and passengers taken into police custody. The passengers, said the source, had no documents and were made to pay fines and go back to their destinations. A police memorandum seen by The Herald shows that the impounded buses included Shumbah Logistics (Registration number DBZ235L). The bus had travelled from Gokwe and was on its way to Johannesburg while Tombs Motors (reg number FV85MF GP) had travelled from Chegutu and was on its way to Johannesburg with 34 passengers. Other buses that were impounded were Mzansi Luxury Coaches, (reg number HT73NYGP), Good Riders Tours (reg SNS959GP from Kadoma with eight passengers). National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday said he was still to get the full list of the impounded buses.