By Innocent Nxumalo
DIGITAL automation of customs clearance processes is one of the key strategies being considered to end corruption at the country’s ports of entry.
Tax evasion and fraud as well as smuggling, under-declaration of goods and other underhand dealings rampant at the national border posts are set to be effectively dealt with as soon as ZIMRA fully migrates to an automated digital system.
“Digitalisation will solve this cancer. There will be online footprints and minimum physical engagements which is set to also improve our revenue collection,” said Acting Commissioner General Ms Regina Chinamasa.
Matabeleland South Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Ms Latiso Dlamini concurred with the local traditional leadership on the need for a collective approach in the anti-corruption drive.
“The idea that corruption is something that exists only in government institutions is a flawed idea that limits a more robust and holistic confrontation that corruption besets on our economy and shared quality of life,” said Ms Dlamini.
Chief Tshitaudze is also in support of the efforts and he said, “ As stakeholders here in Beitbridge we are alive to the fact that fighting corruption needs everyone to put hands on the deck, even those villages along the border need to be engaged on corrupt smuggling tendencies.”
20 ZIMRA officials in Beitbridge are currently on suspension as government tightens screws on illicit customs dealings.
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