Hardlife Ndlovu, Ngobani Mlilo, Mthunzi Mabhena and Obert Musendo were not formally charged with kidnapping and extortion when they briefly appeared before Bulawayo provincial magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa.
The youths are accused of extorting money from touts who operate outside Mac’s Garage along the Masvingo/Bulawayo and the Bulawayo/Harare highways.
The state is alleging that on Wednesday this week the accused ordered the touts into a blue commuter omnibus which they were driving.
They drove to Davies Hall, which houses the Zanu (PF) Bulawayo provincial headquarters where they allegedly demanded that the complainants and their counterparts pay $50 per route daily.
They allegedly told the rank marshals that the money paid would be used to fuel Zanu (PF) Vehicles which were parked at Davies Hall.
They allegedly told the complainants that if they failed to pay the amount, they would not operate at the pickup points. The youths were remanded in custody to Monday for trial.
Two weeks ago, touts at the Harare / Bulawayo long distance pick up point fought running battles with the Zanu (PF) youths who were demanding money from the touts.