Four menacing touts who were recently caught on camera harassing an elderly woman at Dulivhadzimu Long Distance Bus Terminus in Beitbridge have been jailed for an effective six months.
The four, Maxwell Kamuda (42), Lazarus Chingova (44), Micheal Mlambo (35), and Worry Muranda (age not given) were arrested last week after they handed themselves over to the police following a meeting between the police and intercity bus operators.
The quartet, who were facing charges of public nuisance, were convicted on their own plea of guilty by Beitbridge Resident Magistrate Toyindepi Zhou.
Magistrate Zhou sentenced the quartet to six months in prison. Initially, he had sentenced the four touts to 10 months in prison before he conditionally suspended four months.
Following the incident, Beitbridge Transport Association (Beita) chairman Kudakwashe Garaipasi condemned the conduct by some bus crews at Dulivhadzimu bus terminus, The SundayNews reports.
“We condemn any form of barbarism in all ranks and as Beita working together with the police and council we will ensure that there is order and sanity in all ranks in Beitbridge,” he said.
He added that the association was going to make sure that all by-laws are followed, public service vehicles are registered, and paying fully their taxes/fees. He said they were not going to rest until there was a smooth flow of traffic in Beitbridge as it is the face of the nation.
This is not the first time touts have been caught on the wrong side of the law. Last year, a 63-year-old Chitungwiza man died after he was assaulted by three touts along High Glen Road in Harare.
Anias Chiyangwa of Zengeza 1 died after he was severely assaulted by touts after he refused to board their Kombi.