Life ban for kombi driver


By Nqobile Tshili

A kombi driver was banned for life from driving and sentenced to a year in jail after he was convicted of picking passengers at an undesignated spot in Bulawayo.

Public transporters in Bulawayo
Public transporters in Bulawayo

Bulawayo magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya convicted Frank Ndebele, a repeat offender, for failing to display front and rear number plates and picking passengers at an undesignated area.

A first time offender, Mduduzi Ndlovu, got away with a $30 fine before the same court.

Police arrested Ndebele while he was picking passengers along the 6th Avenue Extension and Lobengula Street, with the registration plates of his car covered up.

Mr Tashaya on July 7, fined him $100 or 20 days in prison for failing to display number plates.

He further sentenced Ndebele to 12 months in prison for picking passengers at an undesignated place and banned him from driving for the rest of his life.

The Chronicle could not access the court papers for the case under file 134/07/17.

The sentence has evoked mixed reactions from the public and police, the former saying it was too harsh while the latter welcomed it.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango lauded the judiciary for sending a stern warning to kombi crews saying deterrent sentences can bring law and order on the city’s roads.

“We’ve had numerous operations against kombi crews picking passengers in areas such as 6th Avenue and Lobengula Street but our efforts become unsuccessful as the kombi crews will just pay a fine and return to pick passengers as if nothing had happened,” said Insp Simango.

“But now that the magistrate has imposed a deterrent sentence and banned the driver from driving, it is very encouraging. This should be a warning not just to drivers but employers as well.”

She said the police will continue arresting errant kombi crews who do not abide by city’s by-laws.

“We are not targeting kombi crews operating along 6th Avenue only but even pirating private vehicles. Some of the areas of concern include Fort 11 Flea Market and Fort Street, where passengers are picked illegally,” she said.

Kombi crews operating at the 6th Avenue spot said the court was too harsh in banning Ndebele from driving.

“They imprison him for a year and ban him from driving. This seems like double punishment. After imprisoning him why ban him from driving?” quizzed one Mthokozisi who also operates along 6th Avenue.

A driver who declined to be named said it was economically unviable for them to pick passengers at Basch Street Terminus, also known as Egodini, as clients were shunning the area.

“Even if we are to leave this area, the Honda Fit pirate taxis will take over. They have taken a lot of our business yet they don’t pay taxes.

“Actually this place is even safe for our customers who fear going to Egodini saying they risk being mugged as it’s dark especially at night,” said the driver.

The crews said the cat and mouse game they have been accustomed to will continue as they will risk being banned from driving instead of having their kids starve.

“After all some of the Honda Fit pirates that are taking over are owned by the police. We work for them. Some of these kombis are theirs. We don’t cover up number plates because we want to commit crimes but we are just evading the city council which is always pressing hard for us to stop using these undesignated points,” said another driver who identified himself as Mr Ndlovu. The Chronicle

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  • Too harsh

  • grudge

  • That’s insane

  • uuuuum I don’t believe this

  • Too Harsh yoo. That is how all kombi drivers drives everywhere in Africa.

  • imika imi mutongo rudzii iwoyo ???? muchanyeba

  • Picking passengers anywhere mustn’t be a crime if the driver pull off the road but covering ur plates deserves a life ban …

  • Nhaiwe Nehanda hindava kunyepa kudarika Kwayedza wazviwanepi zvaurikutaura izvozvo enda pana Six izvozvi Police yakatadza kudzinga macombi ipapo.

  • What’s a kombi

  • Haaa kikiki ndokutopenga chaiko.I think akatonga haana licence kiki

  • Too harsh ruling he shld contest that plus y also not banning pple who stands there to b picked on those undesignated picking points

  • Thus crazy… Hope is not my young brother

  • Dai vachipa mitongo yakadai kumhosva dzose dai tava parinani,, Abata chibharo opiwa life ban from sex, , Awondonga nyika opihwawo LIFE BAN !!!!!!

  • Zimbabwe and it’s circus courts

  • Bho

  • Hutsinye chrte apara mhosva yei, kana ukabuda mujeri mawo huya kuno u cn also b a driver.

  • Was the judge a woman?

  • Too harsh sentence. Who is the magistrate???.

  • Ane mhepo dzekwake

  • Aah ah ah i dnt believe this😦

  • Nxaaaa

    • Bea iwe huya kubyo uone lawlessness ine vanhu vemakombie vazonyanyisa iwe… netwuma fit.. road kuita yavo nepasingaite kutakura vanhu vanoenda ipapo .. they even pik munhi vari pakati perroad and they dont have respecg for other road users……

    • Hahahaha saka pakaipa but l think that was too harsh they banned him to drive and also 1 yr sentence OMG

    • Iyeye atoisa mutongo uwoyo anotopenga,judge iyeye anoda kuongororwa pfungwa,ma combi anotakura vanhu saizvozvo everywhere

  • can they also make a life ban to corrupt traffic officers

  • Aaaaaah

  • Sometimes shit hapens they have messed somebody life these cops

    • Was he sentenced by a cop?

    • akere the facts at the court are produced by the arresting officer my man

  • Ahhh

  • Enda ku high court

  • Juss parking at the wrong place???? Why can’t they do that to their Zanu Pf thugs who are stealing money and starve millions of people, this is amazing,

  • I think Zanu pf and Mugabe are worse criminals

  • If it was me i was going to drive waya waya ‘ as long i’ve got no tracker they must foetsek’ i will drive around their offices hooting like a mad person’ why coz they will be hooting like mad pple soon campaining for shit elections”” Peeeeeep!

  • Mmmm not fair

  • Hazviiti izvi

  • good it can go a long way in bringing sanity in our cities next stop is the government

  • Zvekupengazvo saka ndavamupe pfuti anooba arramise mhuri yake

  • Ndokugona manje ukooooo

  • Is that not too harsh?

  • Absolutely nonsense. Which is dangerous here picking up people on undesignated area and throwing spikes on moving vehicles.

  • And those who stole $15 Billion are still enjoying life

  • Like really

  • Nxaaa

  • Mina Makoti

    Evil and unjust

  • Good one

  • Good riddance of useless crap

  • Life ban eeeeeh pakanaka apo too rude

  • ngavagadzire ma designated areas acho coz pple need to b picked up zve….ungaita reparcation pasina solution…izvezvi ma kaylites banned pasina kuuya mamwe , tatotanga kuburuka mumabhazi nemadheka ,

  • TOO HARSH. Passengers are the ones who say pano. Including the learned magistrate

  • Too harsh

  • Its too harsh!

  • Combi drivers are killing people in accidents and get away with light sentencing, I think this driver is a love rival of the magistrate. He will be gone for a year while mr magistrate enjoys the small house.

  • Thats why there is order in Bulawayo. that will send a message to errant kombi drivers to adhere to regulations.

  • Vanogona kusunga vanotakurira vanhu pasipo kasi vachisiya vanouraya nei

  • Why doesn’t the police act upon killer drivers nxaa

  • This will restore sanity in our towns,they must also get one from Harare,so to send a clear message.

  • This will restore sanity in our towns,they must also get one from Harare,so to send a clear message.

  • Serves him right

  • Serves him right

  • thus the prblm tek tek yacho mumwe nde ariku banner ma kylits

  • thus the prblm tek tek yacho mumwe nde ariku banner ma kylits

  • They must convict those passengers too. Some people don’t know traffic rules they just stand anywhere.

  • They must convict those passengers too. Some people don’t know traffic rules they just stand anywhere.

  • Craze

  • Craze

  • Yah but a year in prison?

  • Yah but a year in prison?

  • Yet Robert Mugabe and government ministers have been helping themselves with undesignated public funds for years and got away with it scot free….Combi drivers are only trying to make a living..it’s not their fault kuti hakuna mabasa nemari…izvo zvimutemo temo zvinongoiswa kune varikutamubura but yet bribery and corruption is rampant in this country…I say to all Combi drivers rambai muchitora vanhu any place pamavawona kusvikira ivo vakuteedzerawo mitemo.

    • Dont politicises everything. This is all about safety of the public but you imperialist talking rubbish

    • Elias Chinjovha M I think you the one talking utter rubbish..everything is political my friend…especially in Zimbabwe.

  • Yet Robert Mugabe and government ministers have been helping themselves with undesignated public funds for years and got away with it scot free….Combi drivers are only trying to make a living..it’s not their fault kuti hakuna mabasa nemari…izvo zvimutemo temo zvinongoiswa kune varikutamubura but yet bribery and corruption is rampant in this country…I say to all Combi drivers rambai muchitora vanhu any place pamavawona kusvikira ivo vakuteedzerawo mitemo.

    • Dont politicises everything. This is all about safety of the public but you imperialist talking rubbish

    • Elias Chinjovha M I think you the one talking utter rubbish..everything is political my friend…especially in Zimbabwe.

  • Smith wld nvr hv bn tht harsh…I rest m case…

  • Smith wld nvr hv bn tht harsh…I rest m case…

  • Very unfair unjust uneven

  • Ukada kuzvicompare nezvevamwe unobatwa sugar neBP and haupore. Aita chake ndihombarume. Vanoita zvisirizvo ngavagwejwe tiwane mafambiro kwayo muroad. Vamwe musangozvifunga pamugwagwa apo. Byo super kwasara mharapatsetsetse dzemuHarare kunyanya munaRobert Mugabe mavanotivharira malane ose toshaya pekuenda napo.

  • For jus picking a passenger at an undesignated area, not even a dangerous spot.
    Is that fair?
    Mmmh idzi hadzisi mhepo dzemutyairi asi ndeChamupupuri chaicho!

  • Ha ha try that here and they wold block the roads for weeks but it would be good for the courts to get a little pushy with these licensed killers

  • Ngaatotanga kunamata hake because paapinda pakaoma!

  • Kombi drivers are lyk dat the whole world its just zimbabwe is stil under the oppresive regime since 1890

  • That’s over the top there is criminal who always get away with murder that’s not fair

  • Life ban is not fair for that offence, let him appeal to high court