SA police seize luxury cars from Zanu chefs

JOHANNESBURG - South African police have seized several luxury cars from senior Zimbabwean government officials linked to President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu (PF) party.
The vehicles were impounded in Zimbabwe following an intensive two-week undercover operation to break up vehicle hijacking


syndicates in the region. The probe unravelled embarrassing details on the Zimbabwe government officials’ complicity in the scandal.
Former Zanu (PF) legislator, Philip Chiyangwa, was found in possession of two luxury vehicles, a Mercedes Benz Kompressor and a BMW X5 which were hijacked in South Africa.
But Chiyangwa rejected charges that he had stolen the cars saying he was not aware that the vehicles were stolen in South Africa. He said he had been asked by his “associates” who were being “chased” by the police to keep the vehicles at his Harare home.
Another vehicle, a Porsche Cayenne, was also found at the home of a senior party official and senator, Vivian Mwashita, who could not be reached for comment.
At least 30 000 cars are said to be stolen from South Africa annually for resale in neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia.
Last month, South Africa’s Safety and Security Minister, Charles Nqakula, blamed Zimbabweans, running away from economic collapse at home, for spearheading violent crime in the country.
Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa, Simon Khaya Moyo, has however dismissed the charges saying the allegations promoted xenophobia against Zimbabweans. – ZimOnline

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