Driving along the Beit-Bridge-Bulawayo road has in the past week become a nightmare with underpaid police officers demanding bribes from travellers who breach traffic regulations.
The highway has become a hive of activity as South African based Zimbabweans return home for the festive season.
Officers accept anything from groceries to cash.
“These guys are stealing from us, you can hardly pass a roadblock without having to leave something for them and they are not even ashamed to ask, they just tell you they want something for Christmas”, said Mbonisi Fuzwayo who was heading for Tsholotsho.
With Police officers manning roadblocks in every 20km motorists travelling to Bulawayo from South Africa part with a fortune.
“We are just working for these police officers as they take a huge chunk of our savings , something has to be done quickly” , said Dumiso Muleya a commuter omnibus driver.
Overloaded and un-roadworthy motor vehicles are not impounded as long as motorists can afford to bribe law enforcers.
This has seen a surge in road accidents over the past years as defective vehicles are allowed on the country’s roads.