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Unemployed youths set up their own 'Toll Gate' in HarareUnemployed youths have set up a 'toll gate' for commuter omnibuses and motorists travelling to and from Epworth and Msasa Park who are evading police roadblocks along Chiremba Road.

The youths, who have set up a boom gate along the dusty path in an area known as Mukandabhutsu said they decided to do this after realising that the kombis were damaging their roads for nothing.

The youths, who refused to identify themselves, said they charged between R5 and $1 depending on the size of the vehicle.

"Ours is a once-off payment daily. Paying $1 is better than paying police officers because the officers will always find fault with your vehicle and fine you more or request more in bribes," said one youth.

Motorists who refuse to pay are not allowed to use the track.

"Some drivers refuse to pay anything and this is why we put up this boom gate. Life is difficult and there are no jobs. We are trying to make a living," said the youth.

"We are helping motorists, because this path used to damage their cars, but now we have repaired it so that it is even better than the municipality roads, which have a lot of potholes," he added.

Efforts to get a comment from police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba were futile.

Darlington Hwesa, a kombi driver, said he preferred using the dusty road to evade congestion along Chiremba road, especially during peak hours.

"We are aware that what the youths are doing is illegal but because we feel sorry for them," he said.

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