Body smuggling business is alive and well at the Zim border. Why?

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Body smuggling business is alive and well at the Zim border. Why?

High costs and red tape make it easier for many to just secretly transport their loved ones’ corpses back home

Lenin Ndebele

A mother and her young child boarded a Zimbabwe-bound bus from Johannesburg in January. With them was the body of her husband, Shingai Ndlovu, carefully wrapped in two blankets and made to sit by the window like a passenger.

On the bus were 16 other people who had no clue that one of their fellow passengers was a dead man.

Ndlovu had no choice but to hide her grief until the body got to its final destination in Checheche, Manicaland, 100km from the border with Mozambique, where a late-night prayer vigil awaited...

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