Zimbabwean man gets 15 years in South African prison for smuggling explosives


A 44-year-old Zimbabwean man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for smuggling explosives into South Africa.

Wilfred Nhamo was sentenced at the Musina Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo Province on Tuesday.

Police spokesman Matimba Maluleke said Nhamo was arrested on May 30 last year at the Beitbridge Border after a tip-off that he was smuggling explosives from Zimbabwe into South Africa.

“On 30 May, 2021, members of the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation received a tip-off about a person smuggling explosives from Zimbabwe into South Africa.

“The Hawks, assisted by local police conducted a sting operation.

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“The suspect, matching the description, was spotted walking at the Beitbridge port of entry carrying luggage. He was stopped, searched and the team found detonators worth R110 000.

“Nhamo was arrested and kept in police custody until he was convicted and sentenced by the Musina Magistrate’s Court today, May 17,” said Maluleke.

— BMetro

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