BULAWAYO – Four female Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) employees were abducted and held for ransom in Musina, South Africa, on Monday night, ZimLive can reveal.
The quartet, who work at Beitbridge border post, had entered South Africa at around 3PM to do some shopping.
A source revealed: “They were all in ZIMRA uniform. The kidnappers must have known who their targets were.”
The four were kidnapped at gunpoint and robbed of all their possessions before ransom demands were made.
“The kidnappers demanded R10,000 to free them, but they didn’t have the money on them,” the source added. “The ZIMRA officers were made to contact their colleagues at the border and one of them had an FNB account, and a transfer was effected.”
The ZIMRA officers were released at around 12AM on Tuesday.
“The kidnappers were apparently Zimbabwean because they spoke Shona,” the source added.
Limpopo Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo had not answered questions left for him on Tuesday.
A ZIMRA spokesman said: “We are still gathering details.”