Monday, August 14, 2006

Braving crocs to smuggle currancy

Billions of old Zimbabwean dollars that were smuggled out of the country and into SA, are now being smuggled back over makeshift bridges in a bid to beat next week’s deadline when the old currency becomes worthless.

The state-controlled Sunday Mail reports that, days before the old Zimbabwean dollars cease to be legal tender in the country, the race is on to return billions of dollars of the currency across the Limpopo River.

Desperate cash barons are creating small dams at some of the illegal crossing points using sand and sticks to reduce the flow of the river.

This enabled the smugglers trying to cross the river with large amounts of cash to spot crocodiles, the newspaper said, citing sources at Beitbridge border post...

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