Prosper Takunda Henry Mumbure (33) was found guilty for smuggling explosives by the Musina Magistrate’s Court on 18 May 2023 and sentenced to a total of 16 years imprisonment.
On 17 November 2022, the accused was driving a truck from Zimbabwe to South Africa (Johannesburg) when he was stopped by SARS officials at Beitbridge Port of Entry.
With the assistance of the police, the truck was searched and 17 detonating fuses, 1252 connection caps and 2569 cartridges worth over R132 000-00 were found hidden in the truck and seized.
Mumbure and his passenger were arrested and the case docket was transferred to the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation for further handling. The accused and his passenger were granted R5000 bail each, however the case charges against the passenger was later withdrawn as it was established that she had just been given a lift.
The accused failed to appear in court on his next court date resulting in a warrant of arrest authorized against him. The Hawks members hunted down the accused until he was found and rearrested on 4 April 2023.
Mumbure was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for contravening Section 8 of the Explosives Act of 1956 (smuggling of explosives) and a further 1 year imprisonment for contravening Section 67 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977.
The Provincial Head of the Hawks in Limpopo Province, Major General Gopz Govender has welcomed the sentences and lauded both the investigation and prosecution teams for their meritorious efforts. “It is high time that cross-border criminals realize that their time is over. We will do everything in our power to ensure that our Province and the entire country are protected from these criminals”. Major General Govender said.