Police foil attempt to smuggle stolen car into Zimbabwe

South African police have thwarted an attempt to sneak a stolen Mercedes into Zimbabwe using donkeys to drag it across the Limpopo river.

Photos showed the Mercedes Benz C220 stuck in the dry river bed near the town of Musina, surrounded by harnessed donkeys.

The suspects had attached a metal sheet underneath the wheels to make it easier for the animals to drag. 

South African police have thwarted an attempt to sneak a stolen Mercedes into Zimbabwe using donkeys to drag it across the Limpopo river

South African police have thwarted an attempt to sneak a stolen Mercedes into Zimbabwe using donkeys to drag it across the Limpopo river

Photos showed the Mercedes Benz C220 stuck in the dry river bed near the town of Musina, surrounded by harnessed donkeys

Photos showed the Mercedes Benz C220 stuck in the dry river bed near the town of Musina, surrounded by harnessed donkeys

The car smugglers tried - and failed - to free the car from the sand before fleeing into the bushes towards Zimbabwe, police said. 

Authorities are now  looking into whether a gang is behind the practice of smuggling cars across the border, the BBC reported.

Police Brigadier Motlafela

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