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Zimbabwean Truck Driver Jailed 15 years for Smuggling Explosives into South Africa

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Joseph Bayayi, a 43-year-old Zimbabwean cross border was convicted and sentenced to 15 years of direct imprisonment for smuggling explosives into South Africa.

Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Matimba Maluleke said South African Revenue Service (Sars) personnel were busy scanning vehicles at Beitbridge port of entry when they noticed suspicious items that were loaded in a red Iveco truck with a trailer in July 2023.

Bayayi was driving a Zimbabwean registered truck.

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“The Beitbridge Port of Entry-based police, the Local Criminal Record Centre (LCRC) and bomb technicians were summoned to the scene,” said Maluleke.

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“The truck was searched, and the team found 14 reels of detonating fuses, 747 superpower, 90 blasting cartridges, and 875 carmex connector-capped fuses valued at R456 850, and seized them.”

Maluleke said the driver was immediately placed under arrest for smuggling the explosives.

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The case was opened, and the docket was later transferred to the Musina-based Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation for further handling.

“During the investigation, it was revealed that the explosives came from Zimbabwe and destined for Johannesburg in Gauteng Province,” Maluleke said.

“Through the meritorious efforts of the investigating officer, the accused was denied bail and kept in custody until he was convicted and sentenced by the Musina Regional Court on Tuesday, August 22.”

Joseph Bayayi

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