Learners Driving Tests Suspended For Mugabe's Trucks

The depot has been closed to learner drivers for about a month to allow the haulage trucks owned by Sabot and Gushungo Holdings to
undergo comprehensive mechanical tests.

The closure, which is affecting hundreds of prospective drivers who visit the Eastlea Vehicle Inspection Department, is expected to last
until September.

A source at VID Eastlea told Radio VOP that they had been receiving a huge number of prospective drivers because of the closure of the
Belvedere depot.

“This has been the situation starting over a month ago when the trucks from Sabot started coming for testing. Sometimes we have to limit the numbers of people we can serve per day,” said the source. “We expect the tests to last for about three months because these are
comprehensive tests which have to meet regional standards.”

The Sabot and Gushungo trucks have contracts with major mining, construction and regional governments to carry cargo across the
region. Most of them operate the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to South Africa route.

The Sabot and Gushungo trucking companies are believed to be owned by President Robert Mugabe in partnership with a consortium of white businessmen. The trucking business is just but one of the many business owned by Mugabe under a fledging empire which includes farming, hotels and property business in and out of Zimbabwe.