April 11 2019 – THE economic meltdown in Zimbabwe has not spared anyone including those who are trying to fight it sucking in many Zimbabwean women especially who are into cross border trading, who are more and more finding themselves at the mercy of long distance bus drivers who abuse and rape them in exchange for free transport for them and their goods.
An investigation by this publication unearthed high level of
rape and abuse of female cross border traders to sell their wares in South
A thirty -four year old Yeukai( not real name) of Masvingo
whom this publication asked about how
she is managing to transport so many goods across the border some of them
illegal said all one has to do if she is a woman is to have sex with bus
drivers and their conductors.
” I want my family to survive at all cost so these bus
drivers are helping most women. I transport mazoe orange crush and smuggle
cigarettes to South Africa and these
drivers help us but for them to help us
we have to have Sex with,” says Yeukai.
Some women especially at Johannesburg’s New Town and
Pretoria’s Bosman bus terminus could be seen waiting for particular buses and a tout who spoke on condition
of anonymity said some are girlfriends of particular drivers.
” These women
don’t just catch any bus but wait for
particular drivers ( names supplied) not because the buses are cheap but some
are in love with the drivers and conductors and they want drivers to help them
smuggle their wares across the border for free in exchange for sex” says one
tout at New Town bus station.
At the border the drivers and conductors make sure that their
lover luggage go through duty free or pass
through unnoticed either by paying less
to border patrol officers.
tingaite sei varume vedu havachashanda saka isu totoita kuti tose tirarame”
said one young lady only identified as Madhuve as she board a bus from Bosman
Pretoria to Zimbabwe.
A bus driver (name supplied) was very open about this saying Zimbabwean women are good at pitching themselves
at us and we end up sleeping with them.
“The problem is once you do that they will use
you. I got colleagues who have married
some of these ladies some of them
even end up getting married ” said
Not to be out-done are truck drivers who also abuse the women by offering the women
free transport and take advantage of the often desperate women, having sex in
exchange for free transport.
man who lives in Johannesburg’s Hillbrow
surburb says his marriage ended up in divorce because of these truck drivers,
who drive for reputable truck companies .
” I lost my wife to one truck driver who used to travel
from South Africa to DRC. The truck driver would pick my wife in karoi en-route to DRC and spend weeks with her only
to come back with food and clothes for resale at a flea market in Karoi”
said a disgruntled man who declined to be named.
According to the man the incident made the couple and he migrated to South Africa.
” I was tipped by my wife’s friend to track her
movements only to discover them cuddling in Zambia. I was angry but with
nothing to do, I just woke up and come to South Africa and from 2015 no one
knows that I am here including my relatives” says the man who refused to