By Jessica Mundawarara|
Memory Maphosa, the 39 year-old Zimbabwean woman arrested on Sunday while trying to smuggle drugs worth R8 million (nearly US$1 million) into South Africa has been remanded in custody to Feb. 3.
Maphosa appeared at Musina magistrates court on Tuesday with her alleged accomplice, Vuyiswa Mabasa (23) from Lesotho and both were locked up while investigations continued.
“The women were arrested at Beitbridge late Sunday night when they were walking across the bridge from Zimbabwe into South Africa,” a South African Police Service spokesman said. “They were stopped and searched by members from the South African Revenue Services who found the drug-like substance. The Police were called in and it was determined that the women were carrying ephedrine, one of the main substances of heroin. It was discovered that the women were carrying more than 18 kg of the substance between them to the value of more than R8 million.”
The spokesman said the police were still investigating where the women were going and where they were coming from.
Zimbabwe is a major transit point for hard drugs, according to the US state department. Beitbridge is considered an easy entry point because of corruption among customs officers and police, who are easily bribed, research shows.
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